Outline, outline, outline
Great to hear about the writing bug. My suggestion having finished two novels and am on my third... Outline outline outline. Even if its rough, do an outline and have fun filling in the spaces. With character development, I let me characters develop as they go. I have an idea of age, profession, background but I let them develop and ultimately I let my characters take me to where they want the story to go. (You'll understand once you start writing....lol)
OH.. huge point... use SHOWING as opposed to TELLING...very big difference which I can't teach you here. Two tools.. must have.... "The Novel Writers' Toolkit" by Bob Mayer and "Plot and Structure" by James Scott Bell. Please stop by my website or PM me here. Believe in your writing or no one else will. All the best with it.
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