How to craft a Product Goal for fiction

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Recently, I wrote about replacing an outline for my fiction with a Product Backlog. The Product Backlog begins with a Product Goal. The Product Goal guides the emergence of the items in the Product Backlog. What is a Product Goal, and how do you develop one?

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