The foundation basis for my current work in progress is an old idea, a very old idea. Something which had been sitting on the back burner of my mind for years. While it simmered I wrote other stories and explored different genres.
Finally, I decided to bring my concept to the forefront and began working on my fantasy story. I blended it with two other ideas I had brewing and ta-da! A book was born.
Through characterization and world-building I’ve been able to develop my story, reconstruct my concept and shape it into something new. The process has been slow and difficult, but every step has felt like it’s worth it.
If I’d completely abandoned this idea, then my tale of magical mythology would’ve never grown into something more engaging and complex.
I guess what I’m saying is, old ideas can be a great starting point.