My name is Andrea, and I'm a librarian with The Seattle Public Library. Thank you for using Your Next Skill.
Your learning guide is book heavy, because there is really a lot of good stuff out there about the process of writing. I've also included a link to the Library's free series of writing classes.
I hope this helps you get started writing a novel! Please let me know if you have further questions.
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott has been a go-to writing book for 20 years. Simply and eloquently, Lamott writes about the process of writing, and also provides anecdotes from her life of writing. This is more a philosophy book than a step-by-step book.
How Novels Work by John Mullan is more a step-by-step book. Originally published as a series of essays in his weekly column in the Guardian, Mullan covers much of the nitty-gritty of writing, from choice of narrator to plotting.
The Seattle Public Library is offering a series of free workshops, taught by local author experts, from April-June. There are classes on novel writing, dialogue, story openings, and much more. You can see the roster of classes at the link. We’ll be offering another set of free workshops in the fall, September-November, with different topics.