How many times have you received promotions for upcoming books that immediately spark your interest? Within days, advertisements of the release land in your inbox, are discussed on popular writing groups and show up on major literary promotion sites. The buzz is all around and rather than wait, you preorder the book and eagerly await its arrival.
The blessed day arrives and without reserve you tear open the cardboard wrapping separating you from that coveted read. Its cover is appealing. You fondle it as if it were a Braille primer. It looks good, it feels good and you carry it to your favorite reading spot. Curled in the reading position your family already knows that acceptable interruption must be in the category of someone having lost a limb or the house being on fire.
Marathon reading has now begun – or has it?
Several chapters in, you’re scratching your head. What? How could that happen? No, that’s not realistic given the timeline, profession. What is the name of this book?
You press on, hoping that it will all make sense in the end and that this read will not become an exercise in futility. But, it is. It is simply because the great idea the story was predicated on and promoted as, never happened. It didn’t due to lack of:
*End result vision
*Too much drama
*Too many walk on characters taking up story development space
*Absence of appropriate research
The list of story-maiming possibilities can go on, but for the sake of space we will not go into overkill.
As writers it is our responsibility to give the reader a positive return on their investment. That starts with an end result strategy. What that means is that you see the end the work towards bringing the story to an end that can reasonably support the vision.
If you are willing to follow as we go along, on Tuesday April 20th we will begin working on the end result strategy. Feel free to invite a friend and/or mail any questions you have to firstname.lastname@example.org using Feasible in the subject line.
Until then – be blessed and don’t forget to use your words to bear good fruit.