by Shelt Garner
I’ve been working on this novel for some time now. And I have a hunch that I may have finally — finally — stumbled across the way I’m going to tell this story.
One thing I’ve noticed, however, is people poo-poo the idea of this novel sometimes because I’ve been talking about it so much during the developmental process. But that’s just my personality. I’m too much of an extrovert not to talk about a huge project like a novel that is rattling around in my mind.
I think I may be about to stabilize this novel up to six chapters. Maybe. Things are still bound to collapse on me at some point, but at least it doesn’t happen as often as it used to. It still happens, just not as often. Some of what’s going on is I’ve simply worn myself down to such an extent that I’m finally — finally — willing to not re-write (or move everything around) simply because something doesn’t fit my specific and completely arbitrary demands I’ve force on the makeup of the novel.
All I want to is finish a novel at this point. After that, we’ll see what happens.