Larry Enright (1949- ) was born to Irish Catholic second-generation immigrants and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After college, he moved to the Philadelphia area where for the past 40 years he has filled his life with many careers including teacher, musician, computer programmer, researcher, and writer. He has written three novels. "Four Years from Home" (2010) is his first published work.
Once you have an idea for a book, write the beginning and the ending. That ensures that everything in between will flow consistently from your original idea and into the planned conclusion.
Do not worry so much about the “beautiful sentence” when you are drafting the novel. That part comes in the revisions. Worry more about moving the story along.
Write character sketches out with all pertinent details (appearance, date of birth, etc.) before you start. Keep them handy for reference when your characters appear and need to be described. Add to the sketch file whenever you add an important detail about the character (e.g. that they spoke with a Southern Accent).