Swiped from PBW, Elizabeth Lyon’s Can Your Novel Pass This Test, is great. Actually, I think it’s something I’m going to keep next to me during the writing process to, because it really just made me stop and think. And, for a few minutes, panic completely, based on my own recent revision and her first question:
Does your story promise to fulfill a single, fundamental yearning of your protagonist, one that reflects an issue of human need, such as forgiveness, belonging, redemption, family unity, or self-respect?
Resource: A Story is a Promise by Bill Johnson
My initial thought was, holy crap – NO! And then I panicked and thought and thought and panicked and finally realized, um, duh, it does. In fact, it does so much that the theme is pretty much the title of the book.