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Virginia Woolf : "A Room of One's Own" George Orwell : "Politics and The English Language," and "Why I Write."
First, good stories tend to keep pestering you until you put it down in words. Bad stories seem blessed with inertia. Second, I read a great book by Nanci Atwell about how to teach writing to students. She used the rule of "So What?" for students. Why is this story important or worth reading? New writers tend to write about things without having a clear ...
Why do you write? For fun? In that case every story is worthwhile as explored by most of the other answers. For readers? In that case read on. To improve yourself? In that case of course every story is worthwhile, but you need to act as if you are writing for readers. What do you wish to achieve? Now, personally I have always classified two different ...
It might help to keep a journal with your writing ideas in it. When you have an idea in your head, write down as much as you can about it. Then you would have the ability to go back to your journal and revisit your ideas. If you see something that you would like to write more about, go for it.
In addition to the other fine answers, consider: Every story you write is practice. No matter what else happens, you can learn from the experience. So if you want to get better at writing stories, and you want to practice, a story can be worth writing just for that.
Here are my three steps: The test of time: Keep the story in your head for a couple of weeks. Does it come back to you when you're not thinking about it? Is it becoming more and more appealing over time instead of losing its charm? If the answer is yes, move on to the next step. The test of execution. Write the story down. Did it work? Did the idea create ...
Write it as a short story! Really strip it down and make it short and concise leaving only the essential parts and make it light to read. This will give you a fast result, which you can post to a writing community and which will have good chances to get read and reviewed. And if the story premise and everything is really good and attracts good reviews you ...
A writer never writes to please someone. It is something which is done to share experience and imagination. If writing is something that gives you satisfaction, then go for it. Do not hesitate in writing. Write whatever you like and just publish it.
I don't remember who; but someone once compared the urge to write with a tumour. I understand that you'd get along just fine without having to put pen to paper. A couple hours of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and you won't feel like delving deep into your soul to reach out for that story anymore. A few minutes of TV is always a better idea, right? Well, I ...
To be honest, until a story passes a certain threshold of completeness I don't think it can be determined if it is worthwhile or not. Pretty much every awesome plot can be summarized in a way that sounds dumb, and every lame plot can be made to sound interesting; so the storyline alone is not enough to decide. In fact, I think that none of the other elements ...
A story does not have to have a profound message that will change the life of everyone who reads it for it to be worth writing. There are many things that can make a story worthwhile. Sure, if you have some truly profound message that you want to relate, that's great. But really, the purpose of most stories is just to be interesting or entertaining. ...
Try it! If you enjoy writing, write. If you don't, stick with what you're doing, because it seems to work for you.
If you are not in it for the money, just make sure you enjoy telling the story. If it is not fun, don't bother.
Write out a few and share them. You may be completely wrong about the market. A tale which "explores a character's path through life" but not much else happens is called a character study, and those are legitimately literature. (And movies sometimes too, c.f. A Room with a View.)
Most books I loved did not have any overt message. It was mostly by accident, and not the author's design, that I happened to find something that resonated with me. If you have a story that feels relevant enough to yourself that you want to invest the time and effort to write it, do so. If you write it well, others will enjoy it, too.
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