Internet is a treasure trove of any kind of knowledge one seeks. And knowledge about writing is one of them. But when one absolute newbie, just get started at the road. A quick google search about "How to write a novel" is absolutely natural. And then, brace yourself ;)
A whole flood of links rush in your screen. Fill with complex issues like POV, sentence structure, hooking start, foreshadowing, the list goes on. And since we are talking about an absolute beginner, they ought to get confused and throw up there hands in the air and exclaim "Man! How am I supposed to do all that stuff. I am not good enough"
The thing is, at that stage the advice one wants is the following:
Start doing it. Make a time to write and stop doing everything else at that time and write. Questions will pop up themselves, researching material will naturally be found and the work will be done.
Without doing that, the more advice's you read, the more confused you will get. At the end, you simply won't be able to do anything.
So, what are you doing here? Hush! Get to work already!