I’m not writing a novel but the principle still applies:
- write the bit that really excites me
- write about why this has to happen
- write about something important in the work
I’ve been doing this and, with each day, write about something else that’s important. And something else, and so on.
Rather than starting at the beginning and trying to do it all in order it’s better to just keep writing “somethings” and stitch them together once you’ve got enough to make the whole quilt.