First off, I hope you enjoyed the Seven Deadly Sins for Novel Writing as much as I did. It helped me to put into words what I thought were the largest pitfalls and allowed me to brainstorm a system to navigate them. The first step to avoiding anything is awareness–knowledge is power.
Now my confession. While I broke down the Novel Writing Sins into 7, there’s really a single sin that trumps all. Can you guess what it is?
Disappointment. If we have one job as writers, it is to never, ever disappoint the reader.
Each of us draws from a unique perspective and set of experiences when writing. We learn all we can, make decisions and take risks. We can choose to follow, alter or break the rules and techniques of writing in order to tell the story the best way we can…as long as we achieve the most important thing.
To leave the reader feeling satisfied.
Readers give us time (and money!) in exchange for not just a great story but an EXPERIENCE. This is the highest form of entertainment. Having a reader close our book with a smile and a sigh…this is our goal and a reward beyond measure.