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How It Feels To Write a Novel

Arrange a hundred decks of cards in front of you.  Choose a card.  Lay it down on the table.  Choose another.  Then another.  Then another.  Lean each one against the next, each time seeking the balance point.  Carefully choose your cards.  Carefully build your structure.  Watch it grow higher and higher.  Keep this up for several months, or years.

When the structure is in place, return to your first card--the foundation, the one upon which all else was built.  Lift it, lifting the entire house along with it.

Now, for several months or years, balance this house on your chin.

Note:  This is a thing that can be done.

--MD