When I first started thinking about writing a book, vampires were all the rage, so I thought I would jump on that bandwagon. I took my thoughts to my family and they loved what I had outlined. Then I began writing and as I wrote things started to change. My vampire became an alien. HuH?
I continued writing and again took what I had to my family. They were excited and liked it better than the vampire idea. As I wrote I discovered I had a lot to learn about writing. I hate research and swore I was never going to do any. However, if I wanted to write a good book that was fiction but also believable, I needed to do tons of research. So, I learned to at least like that aspect of writing and did my due diligence.
I also found that editing the manuscript was an ongoing chore. My manuscript changed constantly as I learned more about writing. I was never an English major, and the learning curve was huge. However, as I learned more and more the novel began to take on a life of its own and the story began to flow.