This novel has taken me this long because of all the “research” I’ve done.
And this is just the electronic files. Also you don’t see the files within the subfolder. And I have paper files, most of which I store in our deep linen closet (which is an upgrade from piles in the corner of our living room).
This novel has taken me this long because I had to chop down it down from over a 1,000 pages to 600 and shrinking. It started off with something like 13 “chapters” but those 13 chapters were really chapters at all but sections or even entire books in some cases. I’ve gone through many different versions of those “chapters” too. See screen grab below.
However, it is hard to explain this at backyard barbeques (especially without the visual aids). Especially to people you have known since college, eye-rolling “just finish your fucking novel or I will stab you in the eye with this plastic fork“.