When I first started writing for publication, I realized that my craft needed work.
So I cut and pruned and honed my prose until I knew how to wield POV, how to make a sentence shine, and how to end with a hook.
But now, something has dawned on me.
It's not about my sentence structure, verbs or adjectives. Publishers and readers want a great story.
This has challenged me to not only choose my words wisely, but to craft a story that is unique and powerful, not cliche (which I'm good at) or stale.
It's tough though. Will my plots and characters resemble a dozen others in the same genre?
What do you think? What is more likely to be published: a so-so story with amazing writing or a blow-you-away story with less than stellar writing?