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?