So, I'm writing a novel. I've a plot, it has characters, twists, turns, story arcs, events, clues, murders etc etc. What I'm increasingly concerned about is how to link these elements. What is my charcter supposed to do in the quieter moments of the book? To speak in scientifically, I'm looking for the anti-matter of book writing. The less useful bits, the flow of time, the mortar to my bricks. How do I hold it all together? I don't want to give the reader too many puzzles, big events all in one continuous stream.... help!