• A novel is what you dream in your night sleep. A novel is
    not waking thoughts although it is written and thought
    with waking thoughts. But really a novel goes as
    dreams go in sleeping at night and some dreams are like
    anything and some dreams are like something and some
    dreams change and some dreams are quiet and some dreams
    are not. And some dreams are just what any one would
    do only a little different always just a little
    different and that is what a novel is.

    Gertrude Stein (1974). “How Writing Is Written”