From the Huffington Post: 131 Steps to Writing a Novel
This is not really how I go about things, but I did enjoy some of the items on the list. Here are two of my favorites (neither of which I have done, #9 because I used a dictionary of names for most of them and #123 because I'm not actually published yet -- and it hadn't occurred to me before, but I'm sure it is something I will if I ever get published).
#9: Look in the phone book for character names.
#123: Check Amazon for sales rank 146 times.