At that point, I thought I had written an ordinary book, in that it had some good parts and some parts that were not so good. Then a chapter was excerpted in The New Yorker, and the book received very positive reviews, and I started believing that I had written a work of genius. 


Akhil Sharma’s article, “Rethinking a First Novel” is a breath of fresh air. Sharma describes how his creative process (and his feelings about it) evolved over decades and eventually led him to rewriting his first novel.