Of course the essence of fiction is that characters are in crisis. If nothing happens to them, even if it's just a fresh thought or a new relationship, or the eating of a madeleine, as in the case of Proust, the book is dead. And so this restlessness
I have a feeling I write best when somewhat on edge. For a start, I sink into the book with sheer relief, rather than seeing it as a chore. But then I write with much greater understanding of how upset or passionate or uncertain my characters are feeling. And the sharpness of perception which comes of being in a new place, out of my comfort zone, also feeds into the prose. I hope.
That said, a secure base again would be most welcome