• Sarah Van Arsdale

April 26, 2022

On Writing a Novel



If I knew how to write a novel,

it would be about two sisters

in a big, fractured family.

They’re in the middle.

One tries, all her life,

to understand the other.

She thinks of her often

usually with great yearning

but sometimes, if she’s honest,

with disdain.


I’d put in all kinds of complications,

interesting, witty, likeable characters,

an alarming plot twist.

The dialogue would never falter.


In the end, we’d see that the sister

also had yearned for our heroine.

Their yearning had been mutual

all those lost years.

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