I've been writing all of my life. Recently I was inspired to write my first novel, and am about ten thousand words into it. My problem is, I just can't get what's in my head to appear in writing. I consider myself a fairly decent writer, but my characters, plot, and places just seem stale and artificial. I can't make the dialogue seem as interesting as I would like, but I really want to write this novel. I think I have some great ideas, I'm just having a hard time making it all appear "real" in text. Any tips?