That everything the story tells

Bowery and Canal (You Feel You Are A Different Person) ©MAIERMOUL
Bowery and Canal (You Feel You Are A Different Person) ©MAIERMOUL

I want my stories to move people, I don’t care if they are men or women or children.

I want my stories to be something about life that causes people to say, not, oh, isn’t that the truth, but to feel some kind of reward from the writing, and that doesn’t mean that it has to be a happy ending or anything, but just that everything the story tells moves the reader in such a way that you feel you are a different person when you finish.

– Alice Munro, Nobel Prize interview