On Eating Elephants

There’s a great piece by Karen Miller in the Book Swede’s pages about how to write really hard, big novels…it resonates for me powerfully, after spending this year on a complex world-building SF novel (Ketos).  

The bit of Karen’s piece that fails for me though is her analogy with how you make a triple layer Black Forest gateau.  Her theory is that it goes in the oven looking like a mess, and emerges looking magnificent. Trust me – not when I make cake!  It always comes out far far worse than it goes in. 

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