Updated: Dec 10, 2020
Writing a book is many things, one of which is a promise. A promise to tell a story and to tell it well. History argues that a good story has a beginning, a middle, and an end, which can be told in any order - if you don't lose the reader. "The End" to a story could leave the reader sad, angry, or empty, but don't leave them hungry. A story without an ending is like an unfinished symphony that leaves the participant wanting more - abandoning them with a half empty bag of chips and a tummy rumbling for closure.
A story can be told with a single picture, but a well written book takes the participant through the creation of that picture, one brush stroke at a time. A good book is the eating of a perfect peach, and with each bite the writer unloads his wounding, and the reader is healed in a place where he knew not that he had wounds.