What Is A Novel?
A novel is a fictional exploration of a universal truth as viewed by the author consisting of narrative prose, a theme, a setting, and a plot.
A novel has a protagonist: readers must relate and care about someone in the story. One character that rises above the frey and accomplishes his or her goal against all odds.
The purpose of your novel: elicit EMOTION in the reader. Escape and entertain. Go for the reader’s heartstrings.
Readers remember images even when they are reading written words. Your job as a writer is to create vivid pictures, or images, in the readers’ mind.