Most authors start their novels with an outline. This is a good idea because it gives you a starting point from which to develop your plot. Your outline will help you determine the main characters, plot, and subplots that will comprise your novel. If you're not sure how to start a novel, consider using an outline as a guide so you can organize your thoughts, give focus to key plot points, and eliminate many of the obstacles that you'll face as you develop your story.
An outline is basically a list of your main ideas. It's a good idea to write down things like: the beginning, the middle, and the end of your story. This will give you a good idea of how long each chapter will be. Next, you should write down all of your key dialogue words and character descriptions. Finally, write down your introduction and the conclusion.
The third step outline should be used for books that have a strong theme or main character. In most cases, when people start reading a book, the first thing they see is the main character and the theme or plot. It's important to start developing these elements well before you start writing a novel. With a step-by-step plot outline, you can spend more time on developing your main characters and themes. However, it's always a good idea to have a basic plot outline as well as a basic theme or character to work from.
Step four is to write down your entire manuscript. You can either write your novel in chronological order or in a loose manner. You can also use an outline when you're writing a novel to remember key events, subplots, and key characters. You can also write down how you plan your novel, the main conflict, and key points of your plot.
Fifth, you need to write your first lines (or scenes if you're using an outline) and your last lines (or scenes if you're working on an outline that uses an actual novel). Write your first lines or scenes in direct form - don't fill in the author's biographical information at this point. You can use a grammar checker or word processor to check your work for errors. After your first lines, you should work backward to develop your plot.
Sixth, after you've developed a basic plot and your first lines or scenes, you can start to develop your main characters and themes. You can do this with a brainstorming session where you get ideas for the main characters and plots from everywhere: your friends, family, a travel guide, a novel you saw, movies, TV shows, etc. Keep in mind that most people get ideas for plots from non-fiction books and non-fiction television programs. If you don't know anything about developing plots, you can use some of these resources.
Seventh, once you've developed a basic plot and developed your main characters and themes, you can begin writing the first chapters of your novel. If you're using a guide to help you write a step by step, the book will give you notes and pointers along the way. In fact, the book is so comprehensive that it will even tell you where to locate your plot lists, character lists and theme lists. These resources will also tell you how long each chapter should be and what the ending scene or climax should look like. It's best to read a handful of novels before trying to work from these guides, since they are usually written as outlines. Once you've gotten a feel for how to start a novel, you'll be surprised at just how easy it is to turn your ideas into a written manuscript.