So you want to write a novel

Outline your novel

Before you start your outline, things to think about:
Who will be your main character?
If you have several characters, write information about each of them.
What is the problem that your main character has to solve or a goal they have to acheive.  What is it?
What is the most important thing in the world to your character right now?
What obstacles or difficulties exists between your character and their goal or problem?
Where does the story take place?
What era or time does it take place? (present day? 1980s?...)
What type of novel are you writing? Drama? Thriller? Cheap romance?
Imagine scenes.  Who is in them? what is their viewpoint? Where does this take place?
Every scene should have a purpose. It should move the story along.
Then take them and put them in a logical order.

What every novel should have:
Point of view