Ahhh, yes. Some of you out there might be cringing because this is you. Some of you out there might be cringing because this USED TO BE YOU.
This is, for the most part, where we all start when we first decide to really, really, really, write a novel. These are also all the mistakes we all make when we first decide to really, really, really, write a novel.
In some ways this is the only way to start. With optimism, and the delusion that the light at the end of the tunnel is fame and fortune, not an on coming train.
Time and experience often crushes these idea. But authors who are dedicated, and who are writing because they love writing, will persevere. You may never get on the New York Times Bestseller list, but you might get published a different route, be it from a small press, self publishing, or one of The Big Five.