This is a question that has been worrying me for the last few weeks. I thought I had it nailed down, until another thought struck me that just sounded so much better. Right now my plan is to write on this new subject for my novel for NaNoWriMo. the dilemma has me thinking though, what do author's do who produce multiple books per year, to get inspiration.
I would think they would try to stay on topics that interest them and about which they have some knowledge, but I'm finding, through research, that isn't necessarily the case. I've read many tips and how to's that authors have put out that insist they start with a very vague notion of a topic or even just with a character and let the novel flow where it may from there.
Others have posted that they put together fairly detailed outlines and plots points and scene descriptions from which they build the story. I guess what I'm really finding is there is no one right or wrong way to go about this creative process. Its a fairly organic and messy process, this creation and it often follows its own form regardless of how the author tries to shape it.
For this project I have a fairly loose plot with a few main points I want to introduce and make sure are included, but I'm not necessarily stuck on making sure any one point is included in the final story. I'm going to put in what seems to fit and leave out the rest. I know there will be many other things that will occur as the story is written that I can't even think of today.
My goal for the month is to create a first draft of what I hope to be an inspirational story with its roots in reality but still a fantasy.