Readers and writers are two sides of the same community. Writers write in the hope that readers will see something of value from that effort. Likewise, readers read, looking for that writer who says something that speaks to his/her soul. Readers love to find that nugget of truth hidden in a book.
I read a lot of fiction: historical, alternate history, mystery (and sub-genres), science fiction, and mainstream. I was an avid reader many years before I became a publish writer. It took 10 years of concentrated study and effort before I considered myself knowledgeable enough to venture writing a novel.
To gain that knowledge, I studied many novels. I took them apart to see how the author created that book. Also, writing a novel first requires the author to gain an understanding of the basic fundamentals of fiction, which means
--choosing a novel idea
--creating a premise statement
--expanding that idea into a structure that won’t wimp out in the middle
--creating believable characters
--controlling point of view
--writing dialogue true to your characters
--knowing how and when to use characters’ thoughts
--knowing how and when to use narration instead of dialogue
--knowing when to "tell" and when to "show" a happening.
--building conflict and suspense
--identifying and fixing pacing problems
--discovering your theme
--strengthening your writing voice and tone.
I’m sure there are other items that could be added to this list, but if one masters these, it will simplify ones first attempt at creating a novel.