I know I will have more to say on this in the future.
Everyone in the business of publishing knows this, but I must expound anyway. I spent years writing and redrafting my novel (mostly redrafting it). It underwent many changes and sacrifices in that time to bring it to the level it has reached today.
That was the easy part.
The hard part is getting the writing out there: marketing it and getting it before as many readers as possible. Networking within the authorial world. Engaging these and other various facets on social media. Determining how to publish in terms of one or other methods, or a mixture. Planning all the above, and researching it all as well. And, doing all of this with little experience as a new writer. Some writers may disagree with me on this; I’ve heard many horror stories on writers block and the like when creating a novel. But for me, writing, character building, etc. were all done at home on my own time and by my own self. It was simple and all according to my needs and schedule. The hard part, will be engaging the world outside my own head and beyond my front door, and getting my work out there for public consumption.
Good luck. To me!