you know when the novel is done when —

Sunday, November 17, 2013

— the characters live both on the page and off; they are forever part of you now;

— the book rises and falls, not just with character and plot, but with all the other things that make a life, that make a story, that write a song;

— you slow down because you don't want to leave the world you have finally entered, for you are comfortable there, at peace there, no longer in the throes of struggle;

— you write your acknowledgments and you can see just how those who helped you helped —by asking questions, by reading with care, by saying, You can;

— you feel not just glad but somehow emboldened for the next time (for there will be a next time) that you chose to see this story through to its end. You learned (again) how hard this is. You learn that lesson every time.


Lilian Nattel said...

I'm looking forward to reading it. Your end is my beginning.

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