A novel is what you dream in your night sleep. A novel is not waking thoughts although it is written and thought with waking thoughts. But really a novel goes as dreams go in sleeping at night and some dreams are like anything and some dreams are like something and some dreams change and some dreams are quiet and some dreams are not. And some dreams are just what any one would do only a little different always just a little different and that is what a novel is.
Gertrude Stein (1874–1946), U.S. author. Originally published Nassau Literature (1935). "The Superstitions of Fred Anneday, Annday, Anday; a Novel of Real Life," How Writing Is Written: Volume II of the Previously Uncollected Writings of Gertrude Stein, ed. Robert Bartlett Haas, Black Sparrow Press (1974).