Story Concept: Why It Matters & Why It Doesn't
Why does concept matter? Because people don't listen. They don't read and they don't listen. People are so busy, they do not have time to wait for you to explain the political and social implications of your amazing novel. Instead, give them a blurb. However, it better be a good blurb.
Concept : Do Most People Care?
Suppose I tell you concept for my novel is: Elves who eat reindeer droppings and then become powerful monsters who attack New York City. How many people are really going to want to read about that? Very few. It is not the concept for a break-out Best-Seller.
Why Doesn't Concept Matter? Even if your concept is a great one, if you don't write well, then people aren't going to stick around and read your book. Unless...
Different Rules Apply To Your Situation (and mine) Unless you have already sold multiple titles and millions of copies of your books (Clancy, Patterson, Meltzer). But, by that time you are a product, not a writer. You are a giant marketing monster that can force people to read your books.
Until then, you better:
1. Create a great concept
2. Write a great book.
That's why you must learn to mentor yourself.
Keep on learning, keep on writing.
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