Hi guys, A very general question here. I'm getting ready to start my first novel. One of my problems is that I have a number of ideas floating around in my head and can't decide if I should work on combining them together or split them up for more than one project. This is an issue of plot & theme for me. For a first timer, do you think it's better to keep it simple? How do you ultimately decide which elements to narrow down to? I feel like subtracting certain ideas will take away from the depth I wanted, but I do not want to overwhelm myself and create something seriously lacking in focus. I've been reading a lot lately, both novels and books about writing, and have wanted to start something for a long time. I'm finding it difficult to accept/settle on ideas and put pen to paper. What helped you guys get started? Thanks.