At first blush, you may think, "Of course it does. I've written a story that readers will enjoy, so the purpose of the novel is to entertain. Maybe even inform them."
Is that it?
It seems to me that all novels - once an audience finds them - can be entertaining and informative, so that's almost a given. Don't tell me that. Instead, tell me what the real purpose of your novel is. Think about exploring controversial ideas, exploring the possibilities of hope, connecting like-minded readers and giving them a reason to follow you.
Sure, write a quest. Slay the dragon. Retrieve the rings. Pure entertainment is fine (space opera, anyone?), but I think you can do more. You must do more. Find the real reason behind your writing. Write it on post it notes and stick them around your house. Help me trust you to deliver the goods.
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