Hi everyone, I came here seeking for advice. I have finally written down my "novel" in the form of plain story, in Word. There's no dialogue, just "this happens, he says that, then that happens, she says that, etc." -- that type of thing. I believe I'm now ready to start building a novel out of this. Would anyone be so kind an drop any links, or name of the books that would teach me how do I take that pile of "nothing" and construct a solid piece of writing out of it? I'm a bit lost on where to start now, how do I properly start, etc. It's not even the formatting of the manuscript, it's the whole manuscript itself. As might have guessed already, I've never written one. I hope you understand what I mean guys. And another thing: I've never had a proper education in English, which isn't even my native language and I'm self-taught, so I'm slightly worried about grammar/style mistakes. Is it common for writers to use editors' services for their work to be looked at and edited before taking it to the publisher? Thank you!