“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.”
― John Foster Dulles
So last time I talked about focus, but this week I want to know if you’re making any forward progress?
Do you realize that progress is forward movement? Movement is not measured in anything other than motion. Is it forward motion? Do you know more today than you knew yesterday? Do you have more words today than yesterday? Do you have more character? More plot? More twists? More turns? More new developments?
In this day and age where big time NY publishers want stories with “more”, now is the time to find more for your story. Bigger books doesn’t mean longer pages or higher word count, but more intensity.
In other words, more story. Character driven stories, peopled with people we care about. For those of you who feel like you tell the same story over again, this is a serious message for you.
Readers want more.
Last years high concept has become the girl next door with a more pressing problem. More personal loss, or gain. Something we can care about . A lot. Characters more driven to achieve the goal set for them in this story.
In other words, don’t hold back. Make sure you finish your story without thinking this detail of the story will take me into the next book.
Readers want to know the story you have to tell and when they plunk down hard-earned cash for your book they want it all. Not 85%. When they buy your book this time, they’re interested in this time. Not the next book.
So tell me, really. . . are you staying on task? And giving the reader what they deserve? The whole intense personal story, the first time you tell it?