This post will be how I wrote my current work in progress and will include some details from a source that agrees with many others how one should write a fiction novel. The real question here should be 'do we follow the rules or wing it?'
How I wrote my current wip
Outline? No I didn't do an outline even though many pinterest pins, blog posts and how to books told me I should outline, I didn't. There really was no time to outline. Once I developed my characters the writing just took off. I was able to physically do the research on the setting so it made the story come together fast. When you read or hear about an author whose characters take over the story is true. It does happen. They take over the story and make it theirs, not yours.
Character development? Well I didn't really write that out. I knew who the characters were going to be, I knew their backgrounds and I knew how their personalities would clash together. How did I know this? Because all of the characters in my WIP but one are tailored after myself, family, and some friends I went to high school with.
Setting? The setting was the easy part. The setting is tailored after a state park that has a very interesting history and unique rock formations that helped create the storyline.
Storyline? That was developed one day just sitting out on the lake enjoying the water and hot sun. I utilized the history of the state park and one specific rock formation to create the storyline. Not to mentioned I had hiked most of the trails at the lake most of my life.
Writing what you know makes a difference in how well your story will be envisioned by readers.
Step by step
Isadora Felix is a blogger, writer and translator who has put together a great step by step on how to write a fiction novel. I chose her blog out of all those I saw on pinterest because she doesn't just do a 1,2,3 process, but explains the process quite well. If I were an outlining type of writer, well I would definitely use her process. There is no right or wrong way to write a fiction novel. If you are pantser, one who doesn't outline like me, then do that, but if you need to have the details down ahead of time, definitely outline.