|This is Neil Gaiman and his advice to writers
DONALD MAASS WRITE TIP 82
Computer crash! House fire! Your WIP is gone, all backups fried. Write why your story matters, give that passage to your MC.
As I race up to the classroom, I hear Mrs Morgan, the school secretary, throw her vase of flowers into the bin and bang on the window to warn the teacher supervising the Infants’ playtime. She screams, “She's on Hughill Road – pass the word.” Why does this matter? Because life is short and if we’re not force feeding our faces with facts Mrs Baron will make sure we’ll all be wishing our lives were a whole lot shorter. And, this is soooo much fun. Twenty seconds and flight of stairs later, I slide down the corridor of the Junior Department. From every room there’s the flurry of tidying paper. As the teacher’s heads appear at their doors they shout, “Is it true? Did you see Mrs Baron?” What are they thinking? The Headscreecher’s been sighted on the road to school - I can’t stop and chat! I throw myself towards 6 SK’s door, and I shout, “Hey! Sir Learns-a-lot! The bloody Baron’s back!”
What would YOUR MC say was the reason why your story matters?