It’s the clarification of the scary intersection of craft and art, and the illumination of what can go wrong when a writer doesn’t see it.  Here it is:

● You can nail the core competencies with textbook perfect criteria-satisfaction… and the story still might not be publishable.

● You can bring a fresh, compelling, provocative conceptual premise and story landscape… and the story still might not be publishable.

● The sum of those two is this: you absolutely do need to understand the basic story physics at hand… but if applied to an under-cooked idea, the story won’t work well.  Because your idea of a compelling idea may not be a universally-held opinion.

Bottom line:In storytelling, there are two realms of talent: the ability to craft a story for optimal effectiveness using fundamental principles core competencies and story physics… and the “story sense” to make it all seamless, powerful, compelling and original.

via What I’ve Learned About Writing in the Last Six Months.

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