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October 03, 2008

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Jeanne Damoff

I love this--both what you said, and how you said it. Thanks, Mark.

Christopher Fisher

Good stuff. I especially liked this line:

"You hear someone espousing a position you happen to share, but the way they put it makes you wonder about yourself for agreeing. And even a point on which you differ, stated well, has an eloquence you can appreciate."

I agree, but I wonder if this is true for most readers. I'm thinking there are many, many people out there who find more pleasure in validation than they do in eloquence.

Melissa Marsh

Excellent. I just had a great discussion on writing vs. story on my blog this week. It appears that most people can't get through bad writing, even if the story itself is compelling.

Madison Richards

...and the converse is also true: Really good writing draws you deep into itself, sometimes making you wish for more story than is actually there.

Really wonderful, thought provoking post Mark. Thanks.

Dee Stewart

Nice post, Mark.

As to your question, Chris I think readers love great storytelling over hooks.

Last month I visited a book club meeting with an author friend. The club gave great suggestions to the author on how to build her next novel based on what they didn't like in the novel she was there to talk about. Her story was like the movie Mark saw the title had a great hook, the back cover blurb was interesting, but the book didn't deliver.

Although most readers fall in love with the author and will buy anything he or she writes, once they have made a connection, gratifying the reader is important.

Visiting author events and working in book promotion has helped me to go back to my stories and build better stories that have clean and simple story lines, but deliver what ever I started in the beginning.

Lisa Kenney

Ah -- thanks for fixing the links...very good post!

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