Posted on 02/03/2022 at 03:30 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Many writers were inspired to pick up a pen — or sit down at a keyboard — because no one had written the stories they wanted to read.

But maybe it's tough for you to figure out what exactly draws you in as a reader.

Enter librarian Nancy Pearl's theory of the four doorways into story.

What do you find yourself enjoying most in a book: the story, character, setting, or language?

Bestselling author Tracy Wolff says that whichever doorway you prefer as a reader is likely to be your strong suit as a writer — but no matter which one is your main door, you should do your best with the other doors as well.

Wolff's piece on the four doorways of story is up at Writer's Digest.

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