On the joy-terrors of the long form

I think one of the greatest terrors and joys (joy-terrors?) of working in the long form is knowing that there will be so many false destinations along the way — scaffolding we cling to for years; moments that feel like discovery but will prove themselves to be a wrong turn — and that the work will lead me to places that I could not possibility anticipate and I have no idea what I might find there. Quite possibly somewhere fucking terrifying! This is true, I think, in the short form as well, but the scope of the novel can, in my experience at least, have a way of intensifying the process.

Laura Van Den Berg in an interview with R.O. Kwon at Electric Literature

This interview gave me great comfort when I read it. I definitely identify with the meandering and border crossings along a long fiction route.