In her book of craft, Write Away, crime novelist Elizabeth George describes how she constructs a novel.
"I always know the end in advance...I engage in a few activities in the pre-plotting days and weeks of the novel
writing process. During this time, I primarily try to find out...what kind of story I want to write.
this, I trust my body rather than my mind. Writing is not only an intellectual
endeavour for me, it’s also very much a physical one. When I’m on to the right
story, the right location, the right situation, the right theme, my body tells
me. I feel a surge of excitement in my solar plexus that literally sends the
message Yes yes yes! to my brain. Until
I feel that surge of inner excitement, I remain in the preplotting stage simply
because I have nothing to plot about."