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Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

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7HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR CONCEPT IS GOOD ENOUGH?

Even when your concept meets the criteria listed in the previous chapter for this core competency, it may or may not be compelling enough. Until you submit your work to an agent or a publisher, the jury that delivers this verdict consists of one member—you. As writers we are on our own to make that call, even when we solicit opinion to inform that decision.

We can sweat the details and the processes and the mechanics of writing until we’re blue in the carpel tunnel, but if the core idea itself is lacking in some way—or perhaps even more confounding, simply mediocre—all may be lost before the ship sets sail. And in this less than precise profession perhaps more than any other, we may not know it ...

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