1. a fictitious prose narrative of considerable length and complexity, portraying characters and usually presenting a sequential organization of action and scenes.
2. physical proof of the months, and sometimes years, writers have spent in imaginary places.
3. a transportation device capable of taking the reader into the world inside the writer’s head.
“Writing a novel is like traveling the universe on foot.” ~ Dennis R. Miller
“I often find that a novel, even a well-written and compelling novel, can become a blur to me soon after I’ve finished reading it. I recollect perfectly the feeling of reading it, the mood I occupied, but I am less sure about the narrative details. It is almost as if the book were, as Wittgenstein said of his propositions, a ladder to be climbed and then discarded after it has served its purpose.”~ Sven Birkerts
“Novels can tell us so much about life. They have the power to enrich our own lives in so many different ways. They’re not just for entertaining us, although that would be enough.”~ Victoria Connelly
“Every novel is an attempt to capture time, to weave something solid out of air. The author knows it is an impossible task – that is why he keeps on trying.”~ David Beaty