Friday, December 14, 2012

The Demands of a Novel


But why do you think the demands of a novel are greater than what you do? I think the short form is incredibly demanding.


I do too. But I understand it. And I don’t understand the novel. The amount of stuff to hold in mind, the number of things you have to keep bringing forward over time I found entirely daunting. How do you keep everything a novel requires in your head? A friend of mine was about three-fourths done with her novel when she realized she had two characters named Bob in it. That’s the kind of thing that would happen to me.

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