Words of Advice – For any first-time novelist embarking on their first draft, a few of words of advice:
1) Write quickly. Get it down fast. Your subconscious makes brilliant choices that might not have happened had you spent time reasoning out your characters’ choices. There is nothing logical about human nature.
2) Don’t rewrite as you go. If you do, you may remain a first-time novelist for a long time.
3) Get to the end. You cannot understand the scope and meaning of your story until you reach the ending. It will only become apparent to you in the rewrite. In order to become a published first-time novelist, you must first have a draft to work with.