I am thinking of writing a steampunk themed book but I have this terrible problem with coming up with themes, settings, and characters but It seems when I start to write my mind starts to whirl around in a thousand different directions with thousands of elaborations. Does anybody have an idea that they would like to see made into a book. If I get a general outline then maybe I could keep my perspective and actually make a complete novel. Please help.
Write down all the different directions and either then
1) - make it a Steampunk Jerry Cornelius novel, taking place at the same time in different realities [I may steal this idea.. ]
2) - choose a single path from the whirl of ideas [once the ideas are on paper it's easier to see if they will be worth pursuing]
3) - A combination of the two by focussing on 2 or 3 possible worlds.
Either way if you have lots of ideas not matter how half-formed write them down
, at the very least you'll have a collection of weird ideas that you can handily re-use.
If they're not recorded anywhere they don't count.