You cannot HOPE to sweep someone else away
by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.
I can’t tell you how many books I’ve read where I just wanted to weep because I was so affected by the amazing story and its complex, memorable characters. I can’t tell you how many times I wished I had written that novel, not because it was a bestseller or won an award, but because it somehow worked its way under my skin and settled in for the long haul. The power of a good story is far-reaching and undeniable.