Hi Teresa and welcome to Healing Well.
My suggestion to you is to start by taking a course ( on line might be the best method for us chronic pain sufferers ) on creative writing. This
may sound boring, but there are certain things that most any successful
book must have. Having never attempted to write a novel I don't remember what ingredients must be in a book , nor which ingredients are optional or to be avoided.
But before you put pen to paper you must have a rough idea in your
mind of what or who etc that you want the story to centre on , and have
at least a general idea of what your goal is with your novel. Will it involve comedy ( for instance ) , tragedy with redemption, a day in the
life of, etc. What I am trying to say is your need to know generally how
the book will begin , evolve , and end.
It has been decades since I studied creative writing in high-school, but I do remember that there are methods that you need to know if
you really want to have a chance at success.
I think that if you don't do this homework first, you will find your
writing will more or less just meander along , with no real direction, and thus no climax and no ending.
Bear in mind that what I am writing here is from memories of creative writing courses , and language ( English in my case ) studies
from the 1970's , as well as from being an avid reader. You may choose
to take it with a grain of salt, but you asked for some insight, and this
is mine. Start by taking a creative writing course, so that you can learn
the elements and structure of a successful book.
On a slightly lighter note , I would suggest that rather than feel dissapointed with my post and my opinion , you either consider a brush-
up on creative writing as a first step toward success in your goal, or
you disregard everything I have suggested and try it your way.
In any event , I want to wish you happiness and success at your
All the best Teresa,