Gary Smith is contemporary artist and art critic focusing on post-secular thought. He serves as co-editor of the South African Writers' Network (SAWN). As a visual artist he works in media like oil and pastel, and as a sculptor he works in steel, ciment fondu, and fiber glass.
The postings in this series include topics like using mind maps and other idea-generating techniques and suggestions for shaping interesting characters and settings. Smith ends the postings with brief yet thought-provoking writing exercises. By reading these posts and writing 100 words at a time as you complete the exercises, you could build some intriguing short stories and, yes, a novel.
As a writer and writing teacher, I can recommend these posts and will be sharing them with my students.