HOPE, DESPAIR, VENGEANCE, TERROR, OR DESIRE is the real and fundamental wellspring of every book written, fiction and non-fiction. Whether one, several, or all of these motivators are responsible for catalyzing the author, every book holds a keystone, a core, that manifests its foundation—something real and evocative, something based on the author’s own experience and perspective, that proves the source.
Every author can identify these keystones, but to do so exposes a very private, very personal, source. Some of these keystones are overt; others not so much; but every one proves the author and their books.
This nut, this kernel, when handled well, is what makes a reader care, to maybe weep or giggle; it’s what makes a book worthwhile.