In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book– Junot Diaz
While writing, a short story does not take you over like a novel does. It can influence you to an extent as you write it, stay like a strong memory of people you once knew.
But a novel is a different beast. Taking apart my first draft, I find myself grappling for the story, and I find it has changed me. For the better or worse, I do not know. I only know that I’m not at the same place as a writer and a human being as when I began to write it.
Has this happened to you? Did you become the person you needed to become to write your book?