Writing a novel is a nonlinear process. That said, the art of creating a novel is moving the story in a circuitous manor... yet bringing it all together in the end for a reader’s pleasure.
When writing, I hear a rhythm that I want my readers to enjoy. The question for me at the opening sentence of any novel is, "What the cadence for this story?"
My next writing day is inspired by thoughts from the previous afternoon. Thinking about final word choices and verifying the strength of twine that weaves a story for the reader fills my afternoon. The extended time already spent creating this book has allowed me to reach a time of pure contemplation in the afternoon.
I search my mind asking, is there anything that I’m not completely happy with or an area that may not satisfy? Are the connections solid? Can I feel each character… see every place…taste the food…smell the air... feel the pain… the love… the deceit and of course how is the weather? Never forget the weather in your novel.
I make notes, but do not open the manuscript until about 6 AM the following day. Then all the ideas from the previous afternoon are implemented into the manuscript. I'm excited and can barely wait to open the novel in the morning. I do this with the greatest pleasure.