Her reply was indepth, thoughtful, and inspiring, but listening, I thought: “Well, why do I write?”
The answer was really simple: “I write because I want to tell great stories.”
Which made me think, “So what’s a great story then?”
Probably there will be as many definitions as there are people, but for me a great story is one that:
i) makes readers feel the way I do when I listen to Mozart, or any other great piece of music;
ii) in some way manages to capture what NZ poet, Glenn Colquhoun, has called the ache of being alive and being human; and that
iii) entertains, taking readers out of themselves for the time they are reading it.
Anyway, if you’re a writer and would like to add a comment on why you write; or whatever your background, would like to share what makes a story great for you, then I would love to hear from you in the comments. 🙂
And otherwise, enjoy the week.