by Meg Dowell
On a page, you are in control of time. Outside of it, you aren’t.
I have read and experienced many fascinating stories in my lifetime.
I have also experienced many poorly executed stories.
The deal breaker for me are a story’s characters. If, by the climax of a story, I do not care what happens to them, if I am not devastated by the possibility of an imaginary person failing or dying, then I cannot in good conscience call it a good story.