Spoiler alert: This blog post ends: That’s artistic Zen.
Suspense is a distraction. I don’t read books to see what happens to the characters; I read books to be a part of a new world.
The two greatest American novels by 11th grade standards, Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher in the Rye, don’t have significant story arcs. Where exactly Huck and Holden end up is kind irrelevant; it’s about how they get there.
Storytelling that doesn’t need a story: That’s artistic Zen.