In this short but insightful novel writing talk, author Margaret Atwood discusses the most difficult part about writing a novel. Atwood says that in each story there are moments that authors struggle with. She compares it to theater in the way that authors need to think of a reason to have characters come into a room at the same time.
Atwood says that while all writers experience these difficulties, talented writers will be able to handle them in a way that hides it from the readers.
Atwood talks about waves of connections made in stories. She says that an event an author introduces on page 100 may not occur until page 200, and it's important to keep things flowing together smoothly in between the set up and the actual event.