I wrote a post a while ago about Managing the Beginner's Blues. It's worth reading, mainly because it has Ira Glass's piece about being a beginner on it. Take the time to listen, if you can.
If you are a beginner, it does no good to look at extremely complicated doll types and expect you will make something intricate the first time around. Give yourself permission to be a learner. Sew something very simple first. Buy a sewing book. Here is a good one.
Make a very simple rag doll pattern.There are loads of them in the library in craft books, and you can find many free doll patterns online. Here is one. Also, I have another simple pattern based on an antique design which I have in my shop here.
Here are some other resources for improving your doll making:
MAIDA Dolls Group - a great group of sharing individuals.
Vintage Cloth Doll Making Yahoo Group - this group is filled with veteran doll makers and resources for vintage cloth doll patterns.
Gail Wilson's Hints Page
Antique Dolls - they are an amazing source for inspirations.