Writing a book is, to me, mostly just barely controlled chaos. At the start of a new one, I set out a basic outline of a few pages of what I think may happen, including the ending. Subsequently, there is no real "pattern" to getting the bulk of it finished.
I find it far easier to write when I use something about myself as a basis for something fictional. I think that is so because I know then that because it is not technically fictional that it then makes the fictional writing that much more truly human.
No matter how many books you have completed, no matter if readers have said what you write is good or even excellent (if you are lucky), you are never quite sure of where you stand with the current manuscript.
The major reason I am a writer is my (now late) uncle (a crime novelist who died in 2015) urged me to give it a go. I would never have had the courage to do so if not for him.
Back in the 1990s he began to get on at me to write a novel...