What makes stories work?

I’ve started slush reading for Lightspeed Magazine recently, helping to wade through the many stories they receive each day, and offer my thoughts and opinions, in order to help the editor (our lord and savior John Joseph Adams), figure out which would be best for the magazine.

It’s been enlightening more often than not. It’s been teaching me a lot about story structure, narration, dialogue, character, narrative logic, and more. But more importantly, it’s been making me ask a very important question:

What is it that makes a story work?

I thought I knew, but that answer might be changing.

So I guess the question for you all this week is, what makes a story work for you? Can you forgive some things if what’s working works well? What has to be there for a story to be a major success?

Stay cool, cowboys.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s