writers owing readers

Once again, terrific, thoughtful post at Wyrdsmiths:

Picture a story as a boat. Yes, there are great ships that can ferry a life’s work across an ocean—stories that can do everything. But there are also submarines and canoes and even surfboards. Stories that touch you beneath the waterline of the subconscious, or that glide silently across the lake of the mind with a single smart thing loaded amidships, or that just give you a hella ride through the surf. Every single one of them has its proper place and purpose and that’s important to remember.

http://wyrdsmiths.blogspot.com/2007/07/what-does-writer-owe-reader.html

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