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I will never finish a draft of my novel because I constantly edit the first few pages then disregard most of the edits.

I've been doing this for years. Haven't produced a single novel.

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>>8497520
>new writers thinking they can just start with a novel
Why do people do this?

>> No.8497695

>>8497520
>>8497683

Well known writers seem to have struggled with novels, or preferred short stories. Off the top of my head, Lovecraft, Sturgeon, Harlan Ellison, Bradbury(?).

I think most novelists started with shorts before even thinking about novels.

You could also say that the short form favours the shorter attention spans of today, more than a novel.

>> No.8497707

>>8497695
>You could also say that the short form favours the shorter attention spans of today, more than a novel.
I think this is very mistaken.
Too often to people write a "novel" because they cannot condense their thoughts, because they don't know how to properly tell a story, because it gives them more freedom - too much freedom - which they misuse.

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