Plotting a novel; a real, honest, in my opinion professional novel is arduous work. I'm proud to say I've nearly completed story arcs for all the characters that matter, along with back stories for each. I'm about half done with the plot skeleton outline I'll use for the actual writing.
If all goes according to plan (that's the working title of this story--PLAN), I'll start the actual writing in Feb. I plan to hammer the thing out in a 2-3 months, write something else, and then return to Plan for rewrites. That puts the completed final draft some time in late summer.
-- david j.