Writing, especially writing a novel, is like creaking a sculpture made of clay.
Unlike writing a script, whether it is for the stage, the movie screen or for television, writing a novel is not bound to the same format. Writing a novel give the writer nearly unparalleled freedom to write. It also comes with a fair share of bumps in the road.
The process of writing a novel and creating a sculpture made of clay is remarkably similar.
The writer starts the novel from a germ of an idea. The artist creating the sculpture starts with a shapeless mound of clay.
Both will create first drafts of their work. It is obvious that while the spark to create the work is there, more work is needed.
The writer will go back to their draft and edit. The artist will remove pieces that don’t work and mush them together with new pieces. Creating is the easy part, editing is the hard part.
Over time, both the novel and the sculpture will endure multiple changes before the final version is complete.
But when the novel and the sculpture are complete , the satisfaction of hard work pays off.