I have learned to write backwards.
"Are you suddenly dyslexic?" You may ask. Aside of the fact that that's impossible to attain as an adult, no. I've simply discovered that my path to learning how to write a novel is completely retrograde.
I've summarized it into what I'm going to call my 7 steps of
1. Write a novel.
2. Time to figure out the plot.
3. Re-write novel.
4. Read a book about plot, Anatomy of Story by John Truby. A. Maze. Ing.
5. Re-write novel.
6. Plot solid; time to figure out "voice".
7. Re-write novel.
So there you have it. Completely backwards. Don't worry, my story doesn't read that way ;)
If any of you would like to share your journey, I'd love to hear it!