I'm finding, writing this current novel, that although the work generally goes well, in that I enjoy it, I am always on the look-out for reassurance from other novel writers. Step in Hilary Mantel, with a quote that comforts me, as I grope my way through this thing called plot:
"When you stand on the verge of a new narrative, when you have picked your character, you stretch out your hand in the dark and you don't know who or what will take it." Hilary Mantel
If that's how Hilary sees it, then it's good enough for me. Onward!