Yesterday I wrote the first section of chapter 1 of my novel. I’m not sure about all the elements of the novel, especially the names and characters. I might not want to base my characters completely on real life friends. But I will work with what I have as a rough, rough first draft. I plan on hashing out the novel first, and then start editing once I am further into the writing. I might even forego editing until I finish the entire novel in the rough.
At the moment, the first part of the chapter now lives. I plan on writing two more parts, since the story will consist of two or three interwoven threads or storylines. And for consistency, I will keep that style throughout the book. I might merge the storylines together at the end. That seems like a popular solution to wrapping up a novel, or maybe not. I plan on crossing that bridge when I get there.