Who defined the novel as a long prose work with a major flaw? I can't remember, but I'm in thorough agreement with the implication: structuring and developing this sort of writing is a challenge. Of course a novel may be constructed according to any one of various formulas - the detective, the thriller, the woman's romance - but even these schematicized efforts can go wrong, to say nothing of the peculiar demands of their specialist publishers.
I regularly work with people struggling with the art of the novel. It's not like learning to drive or fly: there's no right way or wrong way. I can do nothing more than to pay careful attention to what you say and write, try to spot problems, try to find approches that might help you move forward.
I'd like to say I'm always able to break my authors' log jams - the infamous writer's block - but that's not true. Your motivation is the mainspring that must drive the enterprise. But I can say this: I'm willing to put hard work into your book, so you should be willing too. Sometimes that does the trick.
Whatever my specific role in your case, I'm here to listen, read and respond. And I share that occasional yearning - I think many writers do - for for an ally in what is essentially a lonely enterprise.
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