Libba Bray, the author of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, is in the last stretch of her current project and has an amusing (and, alas, very recognizable) metaphor for the process to share in a blog post entitled ‘Writing a Novel, A Love Story’.

No, this is the part where I become convinced that I could advertise on Craig’s List for gangs of homeless gerbils to run across my keyboard in an agitated, looking-for-the-water-tube state, and they would do a better job. This is how it goes. Every. Single. Friggin’. Time.

In fact, writing a novel is very close to falling in love. How so? I’m glad you asked.

Replace “novel” with “book in general” and yes, there it is: a decent and humorous summary of the process.

5 thoughts on “Metaphor

  1. Brendan Myers

    Yes, that’s exactly what it feels like! I’m working on a new one right now, and it’s really a lot like starting a new romantic relationship.

    I’m looking forward to meeting you this coming Saturday. I don’t suppose there is a chance of hearing you play your cello this weekend?


  2. Owldaughter Post author

    Brendan: I’m looking forward to meeting you too! And the cello? Not likely. Especially now that I am all knees and elbows and awkwardness with the full-size after testing 7/8s. :)


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