Specifically, I'm trying to write a novel for the first time and... so far things aren't going well to say the least. Namely, I can't seem to begin the thing. I have a cool scene from... somewhere within it, but no idea how the story gets there, or when it does. The setting is still mostly up in the air, with the only thing for sure is how magic works in the universe, and the main character's characterization is ever changing. Hell, how the main character enters the plot is changing. I bring all this up to ask about other people's first time writing a novel, and one with a really bizarre concept(mine does, a little too much perhaps). Was it this frustrating at the beginning? Or did it flow for you? Additionally, are their ideas that just won't work in novel form?