Which Story Should You Tell?
At The Robblog, Robb has a question: How do you know when to listen to feedback and change your story?
Does a story’s power and resonance come from the author, as if in a vacuum? Or does it come from the relationship between the story and the reader? And if a writer works in an area to which he knows the reader brings baggage, isn’t it wise to use that baggage to his own advantage? I thought this is what I was doing, playing with the reader’s expectations and having fun by subverting them. But Abbot’s reader disagreed, saying I was bringing a very specific audience to the story – and then doing precisely the thing that would most efficiently bore and disappoint it.