Try a pen and paper…
To be quite honest, the best way to start writing anything is simply to start.
Depending on the type of novel you’re writing, the ideas would either develop as you go along or the characters will take on a life and personality of their own.
Don’t worry about writer’s block. It happens to the best of us. When you get stuck, just step back, take some time off from writing and allow the story to run its natural course. Something will re-inspire you and your work will come back to life.
If you’re a really busy person and you find you’re having difficulty planning and making time to write, I’d suggest you take a few minutes before you go to sleep, or just as you wake up, to write.
You can’t really write a masterpiece overnight… well it’s possible, but judging by the nature of the question, I’d say give your work time, give your ideas time to mature. You may have a great idea but giving it that time to “cook” will make it an international bestseller.
Read a lot. The more you have, the more you have to give. Your story has more substance and becomes more realistic when you have a wider range of knowledge and are able to translate that into your writing. Also, you’ll find that the more you read, the more you pick up styles of other authors. You can tell J. K. Rowling read a lot and drew inspiration from The Lord of the Rings series simply by her ideas and style of writing.
Be innovative, be yourself. Your novel isn’t your novel without a bit of you in it. If you have no passion for it, you’ll struggle to put a bit of yourself into it. Writing is as difficult as any other profession, it takes passion, commitment and a hell of a lot of perseverance. It takes becoming vulnerable at times, exposing yourself to the world in a way no one else has ever seen you. It also takes strength, to keep walking when you can’t run, limping when you can’t walk and crawling when you can’t move, but in all of that, never stopping, always moving forward.
You can find some more tips under the Creative writing keys section.
I’d like to wish you all the best in writing your novel (that’s if you are gonna write one).
Remember that your words are eternal and your books are your legacy, so make sure it’s not just a good one, it’s a great one.
So, try a pen and paper… it always works for me.