I’m not suggesting that you grow a garden, even though the benefits emotionally and physically are great.
How much time do you spend drinking coffee or tea in the morning? Thirty minutes? One hour? How about the evening after work? To unwind, another cup of coffee or tea? Or a beer? Or a Martini? One hour? If you’re a non-drinker, then equate it to watching a one-hour TV program.
If you’re passionate about your dream of writing a novel, then you learn to combine tasks to create a succession of scenes and sequels, tiering of layers and textures for characters, and a believeable plot.You learn what works and are willing to change what doesn’t.
You write incredible amounts of back-story, fitting it into the story where it makes most sense. Each change is a step toward a successfully designed story.
In a garden, if a plant doesn't thrive or look right in a particular location, you move it to a place where it will grow and provide a stand-out color.
In a book, you put your scenes on roller-skates and move them back and forth until you find a space where they will provide the most zing.
In the fall, you fertilize, you save the seeds, you plant the bulbs you choose the colors, and you plan your next garden.
To begin your next novel, you find ideas, you choose the characters, you plan the plot, and you start the next story. You just write it.