I've been writing since I was 14 (I'm 18 now). And since then I've started and stopped at least a hundred different projects. Some I've made a lot of progress, most very little. I've never done more than about 1/6 of a novel. I want to be a writer. I'm going to do an Associate Degree in professional writing and editing next year. But between now and then I want to write, and I want to commit to a project full on. What the best way at going about this? Normally I just jump right into it, but should I plan for months? Also I'm having trouble choosing the genre I'd most like to write in. I sort of want to do Fantasy, but with ASOIAF's great success will there really be much room in that genre for a while? I also sort of want to write a modern/sci-fi/secret group/secret product/parallel world type thing. Likened to that of Fight Club, The Beach or The Dark Fields. How do I choose between the two? I know as an established writer it isn't wise to genre hop. It's also wise to write singular novels, and I could do a much better job at that writing modern singulars; feeling as though if I WAS to write Fantasy it would need sequels. So in summary: How do I commit to one project? How decide which genre out of the two to do? (I'm leaning slightly towards modern) Cheers.