Gather inspiration from other novels or from media, past experiences, stories you've heard, or things that fascinate you. Carry a small notebook with you at all times and write down any words, sentences, or descriptions that come to mind. Have an idea of what genre you'd like your novel to be. Envision where your story will take place, as well as what the characters who will populate your novel will be like. Think of a central conflict and branch out your story from that issue. Make an outline and conduct any necessary research. Establish a writing routine that you can stick to on a regular basis, and create your first draft. Self-edit, share your work with a few others, and revise your draft until you feel satisfied with what you've created!
It’s time to go on a story field trip—an imaginative scavenger hunt to gather details, sensory information, and character insights. It’s just like the kind of field trip you went on in elementary school, except you don’t have your parents sign a permission form and you don’t have to travel on a bus with a lot of screaming kids (unless your story takes place on a school bus, that is). There’s nothing like venturing out to an actual place to experience it so you can write about it with the ring of authenticity. The location of your story can function almost as a character in your story, so know it well.