on Fiction University:
Grow your novel into something beautiful.
For every orchid or African violet that takes meticulous care and stringent rules to thrive, there are wildflowers that bloom along the side of the road that just wound up there, blown on the wind. Each flower is beautiful, but every one found life through a different path.
Novels are the same way. They usually have to grow into beauty, often from a steaming pile of, um…fertilizer.
Luckily, even if you’re a terrible gardener (like me), you can still write a great novel. Because…