Accidental Wisdom

I just finished writing the first draft of my first novel and made a joke about its needing to cool on the windowsill for a little while on my Facebook.  The question was then raised by a friend if a novel is like a pie.  I was told that I should hang on to my response so I could put it in a volume that shall henceforth be known as Famous Hilary’s Famous Quotes for Fledgling Young Writers.

A novel (or short story) is precisely like a pie because if you try to dig in to it too soon after you’ve finished it, you’ll just get burned, and if the filling hasn’t congealed enough, things are likely to collapse as a result.

Anyone else have another reason that a novel is like a pie?

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About Hilary B. Bisenieks

Hilary B. Bisenieks (Biss-en-yex) n. 1. An author of fact, fancy, and opinion based out of Oakland, CA. 2. A graduate of the Creative Writing program at Warren Wilson college and Mary Robinette Kowal's Short Story Workshop. 3. A man unable to be trusted to update basic biographical information with any regularity. View all posts by Hilary B. Bisenieks

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