I’ve finished the first scene of the last section of my new novel, unless, of course, there turns out to be more. That’s the strangeness of writing the way I do. I always wanted to be the sort of writer who can sit down and plan it all out. But I’m not. Every time I’ve made an outline, it’s killed the project, or at the very least put it into a coma for years. No, my spirit requires wandering in the wilderness until I find the right piece of stone, and then adding it to the structure. Sometimes, the stone, though shiny and appearing to be just the right shape, makes everything fall down, and I have to remove it, sit, look, re-think. Sometimes it’s heavy and I don’t have the muscles to lift it. Not at first. And I get sore in the process of getting it into place. And there are times anyone would else would think the stone I’ve picked is too ugly or common, beneath notice, but I know that when it’s polished, it will be the centrepiece.
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Lilian is the author of Girl At The Edge Of Sky, a fictionalized account of the real-life wartime exploits of fighter pilot Lily Litvyak. She's also the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities), as well as other historical novels--The River Midnight and The Singing Fire--about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London. https://liliannattel.com View all posts by Lilian Nattel