What is the first step for writing a novel?
It's an idea, of course!
To start a novel, you first need an idea. A spark of inspiration, a seed planted in the soil, a light bulb to brighten up the usual dull cobwebs in your brain. Call it what you will, but you need that idea.
But where do ideas come from? I have absolutely no clue. Some theories say that ideas come from your dreams. Others say it comes from the jumble of thoughts in your head mutating into an idea. While the rest of them say that ideas are inspired by your Muse (mine's on vacation right now).
Wherever they come from, once you have that idea, you have taken the first step on starting your novel.
Hope you'll have some great ideas for a novel