I've mentioned in past posts that I'm reading Donald Maass's Writing the Breakout Novel. (Yeah, still. I'm slow with non-fiction.) In it he poses some great questions, and I'd like to share them with you. They're important for any fiction writer to consider.
Why tell your story?
What does your story offer? What would one gain by reading your book?
Conversely, what would happen if you didn't write the book?
Maass says the answers to these questions may go a long way in telling us if we're on the right path with our writing. And if you can't answer them at all... well then, you may need some clearer direction.
How would you answer these questions? Feel free to do so in the comments for this post, or just mull them over on your own.