At Least Know Your Environment
Most authors have the core, the kernel of their idea. It may be the climax of the trilogy – The Federation regains control of the shipping lanes and can continue trading – or it may be the central theme – Redhead women in New York are being attacked, and the assailant keeps their left sock – but whatever the premise of the story, the writer has a starting point. I doubt if any successful first novel came from someone thinking ‘I’m gonna write a financial crime thriller’. You need an idea, at least.
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