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I know there are a couple members here who have written books and I was wondering if anyone could give me a few snippets of advice on how to get started. I have a brain so full of ideas it sometimes feels like it will explode, and after having a three hour long vent to my mum last night about technological entrancement, global conquest by psychopaths, thinly masked dystopian nightmares, collective manipulation, technology that (supposedly) doesn't exist yet, precognitive dreams and the power of myth, I decided I would best put all this data to use in a science fiction/fantasy novel rather than continue to terrify my loved ones with my concerns. I know this is not an easy undertaking, and I'm still not certain I have the required talent to be a decent writer, but I have always loved writing and spent a fair amount of my teens building and perpetuating literary worlds with one of my closest friends. I gave up on the idea of being a writer about 16, when my interests diverged into less wholesome avenues, but my love of language remains, and old dreams which you left down the pipeline sometimes have opportunities to spring up again ...this is one of those. Basically I have no idea where to start or how to even get the ridiculous quantity of ideas out of my head. I was hoping someone might take pity on me and point me in a certain direction. Otherwise my approach will likely be to just start creating multitudes of mind-maps on different aspects I wanna cover and then identify common themes, parallels, polarities and central pillars of importance and weave these together in new mind-maps ...and continue repeating and refining this process over and over until I can see exactly what I'm dealing with. Obviously I'm not expecting to do this overnight, if I'm gonna do it, I want to do it properly. I'm thinking this would be most likely to occur gradually over the next ten years. Any advice would be much appreciated! Cheers