The Evolution of a Novel

I love what Stephen King did in his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft when it came to the editorial process. Instead of just telling us what he does, he showed us how painstaking it can be with images from a manuscript of his and all the stuff that goes on behind the scenes before that great story lands in a reader’s hands. And that inspired me with an idea: The Evolution of a Novel. I’ve kept every draft of A Father’s Son since I first started writing it in 2006. After going through them over the last couple of days, even I was blown away at how much just one scene (the opening paragraph) has changed over the seven years it took for the novel to reach publication. Please click here to see a portion of the “time-lapse novel” come to life…


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