When starting a new project, such as a new novel or series, what do you recommend I start on first? By 'what' I mean plot, characters, setting, etc. I'm looking forwards to starting a fantasy series this summer and I could use some advice on where and how to start. I haven't written anything substantial in 3 whole years since I've been so busy with high school. Now that I've graduated, I'm realizing that I can't remember how I used to write. I've been trying a few things but I never end up getting anywhere. I start one idea but I can never seem to expand it. If I do end up expanding an idea I eventually end up realizing that it isn't original.