As the title says, I'm thinking of writing a novel. I've been told numerous times I should write a book about my life -- I have the experience, I have the skillz when it comes to prose -- but I think I could only do so if everyone I knew were dead, for fear of them ever reading it! This leaves me to fiction. As I said, I have the experience, I have the prose, and (finally) I think I have an idea. I know we have some writers here, and I'm eager for any advice or anecdotes that might enlighten or encourage me in my effort.