The process of writing a novel is like taking a journey by boat. You have to continually set yourself on course. If you get distracted or allow yourself to drift, you will never make it to the destination. It’s not like highly defined train tracks or a highway; this is a path you are creating, discovering. The journey is your narrative. Keep to it and there will be a tale told. – Walter Mosley
Mosley, Walter. This Year You Write Your Novel. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 2007, page 15.