Is that the book you're writing?
I used to think about those questions years ago. I tried to come up with all the very best ideas and mash them together into a single plot. Generally the results were either derivative or nonsensical.
But then for a long time I forgot those big questions and followed the lure of Shiny New Ideas—a unique setting with unexplored consequences or a dream that captivated me and needed to be told. And these were good ideas, fun ideas. They were books I would have enjoyed reading had someone else written them.
There's nothing wrong with writing a good book, especially a book you love.
When I began to write The Never Silent, though, I went back to those questions I had ignored for so long. I added new questions, too, that would further define what I wanted to create. And then I constructed my new plot with intention, structuring each piece around my answers.
This is one way of writing a book. It's not the only way, and maybe not even the best way. But I really like how it's turning out.
At first, writing The Never Silent was like writing any other book. It was just as much of a challenge and still is.
Now I'm editing. I'm in the process of going through each scene to add in a bit more description. I'm having more fun than I probably have any right to, but for some reason I've always loved the early stages of editing.
There's more to it than that, though. As I was going through one of my scenes the other day I had an experience I have never had before while writing. For the very first time I felt that the book I was working on was THE book I wanted to read.
I don't know if that means other people will feel the same way. I don't know if this book is any better than my others or if it's the one that will finally be published.
What I do know is that I'm accomplishing something that's meaningful to me, and that is making all the difference.