I'm starting to write a novel, for my own entertainment only. I used to do this years ago but have gotten out of the habit. I need a few tips from other writers before I get back into it: Do you think it's better to write in the first or third person, and why? Do you think it's better to tell the story through the eyes of one character only? Do you think you should write in the style of a genre that you actually read? For example, I do not enjoy reading fantasy books, but I want to write one. If you have a vague idea for a story, how do you go about developing it into a fully fleshed out story with an interesting middle, a good ending, characters, events, etc? What is your own personal technique for coming up with these details?