“It’s possible to read 99,000 words and love every minute of the experience, but if those last 1000 disappoint, the whole experience is degraded. How can that be? A puny final hill on a roller coaster doesn’t detract from the thrills of bigger, spectacular ones that come before it. I guess we expect books to be more than an enjoyable ride—we expect them to stay with us after we’ve read them. You don’t just step off a book like you do a roller coaster. The best books become part of us, defining who we are, but only if they live up to our standards, and that’s something that’s determined at the very end of a book. Lots of people can tell an interesting story, but to make a book resonate with someone, you have to build a world and make it complete. If you don’t close it up, it sputters off like an untied balloon.”
Me, writing about “Words,” at NewWaveAuthors Blog
If you click the link, you’ll find that most of the rest of the post is about Jason Bateman.