Here’s some excellent advice from six authors with several novels under their belt on how to write a novel. On the Hunger Mountain – the VCFA journal of the arts blog – you’ll find such statements as "You have nothing to lose and everything to gain if this is your mantra: revise, revise, revise,” by Connie May Fowler. Dani Shapiro writes: “Patience. Writing a novel is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s a relationship you enter.” And author Thomas Christopher Greene writes: “Know the arc of the story before you begin, especially the climax. Then you can write toward it.” There’s more. Visit the blog and see for yourself.
"Literary Term: Conflict: The problem in a story that triggers the action. There are five basic types of conflict: man vs man; man vs society; man vs himself; man vs nature; man vs fate." -- Reading Group Journal: Notes in the Margin