Hello all. I just stumbled across this site (thank you, Google) and hope to find a comfortable home and much-needed input here. I am a 39 year old full-time office assistant, wife, mother of 3, and part-time college student. I have always enjoyed writing, but to be honest the only writing I've done in the last several years has been papers for one class or another. Lately, though, I've been having this overwhelming urge to write again. Not just anything though-those inner voices are pushing me to write a book. (Yeah, I 'hear' voices, but they're not the psychotic kind!). Problem is I don't know the first thing about writing a book. I have the basic plot etched out (courtesy of a very vivid dream) but I'm not sure where to begin. In the past, I would just write and let the story go wherever it wanted to. That's fine for recreational writing, but I'm thinking I need a little more structure to actually complete a book. I'll likely be reverting to lurking mode to soak up whatever knowledge I can...and asking for input when I can't find answers any other way. Wondering about things like how you get organized, how much research you do, how much of the story do you map out ahead of time? If you know these things have been discussed on other threads, please feel free to post the link below. Thanks in advance!