I'm a fourth of the way into the rough draft on my new novel. How I draft a novel is I take a huge stack of one-sided paper (my husband keeps me in supply, more than I can ever use), I get an idea and start writing. I figure once I fill 400 pages there's got to be a story in there somewhere. Outline shmoutline who needs an outline. Usually by the first 50 to 100 pages, I've found my story.
And I'm going on retreat, hoping to complete the draft -- when you figure boring freeway driving time (I'll be in the passenger seat writing.)
And then there's the relaxation time by the lazy river, plenty of opportunity to write then.
And what you have is what this writer calls "a working vacation."
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown
"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it." ~Jesse Stuart
"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf