It is amazing how many resources you can find on how to write a novel. Writers are a generous community. Unfortunately, no two writers are alike. As Diana Gabaldon pointed out in her pep talk, we all work a little differently. This means that only you can figure out what works for you. On the plus side - if the goal is to do it your way, you can't possibly get it wrong.
How comforting to know that blundering along however you can is just what you are supposed to be doing.
"There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." W Somerset Maugham.