The Question

A writer’s brain is a glorious thing.  It’s been my experience that it is a hodge podge of information, extrapolation, wishcraft and that spark that weaves it all together into a cohesive idea.

This amazing bubbling brew can take on a life of its own, leaving the author lost in the middle unable to summarize.

A question exists that can strike fear in the heart of a writer.  What is your project all about? Or the blunter version:

WTF (frell, frack, fetch, flip, fudge, freak) is it about?

This, my friends, is a question that can send an author into a spiral of self doubt.  With questions of ‘Do I really know my story?’, ‘Can I boil it down to its salient points?’, ‘Will anyone really want to read it?’.

Here is the truth of the matter.  We, the authors, have to have this skill.  No one else can do it for us.

If we can’t pitch it, we can’t sell it.  If we can’t sell it, we can’t make money or see our names in print.

We write to be recognized.

What is YOUR story about?


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