I am fifty pages into the novel. I've made good progress this week, for as busy as I've been with other obligations.
Writing fiction is quite a different task from poetry (he said, after fifty pages of experience). I am concentrating on plot, character and dialogue in this first draft, essentially following the format suggested by Walter Mosley in This Year You Write Your Novel (Little Brown & Company, 2009).
The largest difficulty has been Mosley's command to work on the novel every day, but I am doing my best.
Once I have a draft, I will go back and rewrite what I have into what I hope will be "art"--or a reasonable simulacrum thereof.