Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Novel”



It is that time of the week again when I throw caution to the wind and take part in the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. This week the word is “Novel.” This is a word I know by heart. If you would like to participate, go to Linda Hill’s site and read how. Here is the link

Novel by John W. Howell ©2016

“Is that it?”

“Sure is.”

“Looks smaller than I thought.”

“It is a novel, not a baby.”

“Yeah, I know that. I just pictured it as a bigger book.”

“It is a standard size.”

“Let me hold it.”

“You have clean hands?”

“For heaven’s sake, it’s a novel, not a baby.”

“I just don’t want any smudges on the cover.”

“Yes, my hands are clean.”

“Okay hold your hand under the back cover.”

“You have got to be kidding me. It’s a novel, not a baby.”

“Well, maybe I’m a little fussy. It just may be like a baby to me.”

“Okay, I’ll be careful.”


“My goodness, it’s light.”

“It’s a novel, not a baby.”

“I get that I just thought it would be heavier.”

“Don’t ruffle the pages like that. Hey, don’t bend the pages back so hard.”

“Here take it. it is a baby, not a novel.”

“Thanks. I think it is a novel novel.”

“I believe you need to see someone.”



  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    Novel novels are the best kind….and our babies – precious. 🙂 Well done!

    1. Thank you, Gwen. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the visit.

  2. LOL! This was great, John! I hope “baby” is a future prompt. Fantastic job! Happy Saturday!

    1. Thanks Jill. Happy Saturday to you. *sung to the tune of “Take it to The Limit” by the Eagles. 🙂

  3. The horror of dog earring pages comes to mind.

    1. Or broken spine.:-D

      1. Never a good thing in any context or usage.

  4. Haha! Perfect prompt for November! “It just may be like a baby to me.” Yepper! I think that describes it for most of us, or at least for any writer worth reading.
    Once a friend asked me several probing questions about a character I was writing. “This character is very real to you isn’t he,” she asked. For some reason the question surprised me. I wondered if she was suggesting I had “imaginary friends” or something. Now I wish I had thought to say “If he wasn’t real for me, then how could I make him real for you.”
    Thanks for another fun SoC, John. Have a sensational Saturday. Mega hugs.

    1. What a great line. My characters are very real to me and yours show they are real to you as well. I will have to remember that line when someone asks about character realism. Thanks Teagan. Satisfying Saturday to you. 🙂 HUGS

  5. I loved the comparison to a newborn baby – a very novel approach! Sorry, couldn’t resist!

    1. Good one, John. Thanks. 🙂

  6. Ha ha!! But, they truly are our babies. 🙂

    1. They are, Jan. Thanks. 🙂

  7. Having read (only 2, sorry) them, I would say that yours are novel novels. Great job with the prompt. So, do you have a public copy of your books for the ham-handed?

    1. Ha ha ha. You ham hand it, you own it. Thanks, Dan 😀

  8. Oh man, John and Dan already beat me to the other use of novel. Great post, and they really are our babies.

    1. Thanks, Craig. They are. 🙂

  9. Book babies are the best! Very high maintenance though… 😛

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Jan

  10. Perfect prompt for you!

  11. What a mind trip!
    Thanks, John.

    1. Thanks Hook. 🙂

  12. Love the repetition: “It’s a novel, not a baby.” Most effective. Awesome too. 😀

  13. I think its quite novel to be precious about your novel, I’m sure you are John and rightly so in a novel sort of way…

    1. Thank you, Michael.

  14. I always enjoy your SOC posts. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Joanna. 🙂

  15. I think it’s perfectly normal to protect new novels. Baby novels or not.

    1. Thanks. I think so too. 😀

  16. Aw, a beautiful bouncing novel! I just hope his cover doesn’t need changing.

    1. My first does, but that is a different story.

  17. I am one of those… I am very very protective of my novels.

    1. I know how it is. 🙂

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