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.