Following Faulkner

Even though, except for 'A Rose For Emily" and "The Bear," I am not a big William Faulkner fan, he did know a good bit about writing. Here's a quote from him on that subject. "Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good." I believe that. Sometimes we just need to get some junk out of our system by writing it down, assessing it as bad, and putting it to the side for a week, month, or eternity.

I have 19 chapters done on a novel I probably won't complete. It may be bad. I've set it aside. It's out of the way. And making that decision has made it possible to move on to something else for which I have enthusiasm, like a recluse walking at midnight in the wooded mountains of western North Carolina, and he sees these two men, and they are preparing to drown a boy, and . . . 

It might turn into something really good.

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