Although I didn’t know it at the time, I started my first novel as a senior in high school.
It began as a short story about two characters in a fantasy world, and as I recall was inspired by the 1980s Robin Hood television show. Before I began my novel, I had completed a beast of a project, a 20-page short story. It was for one of my classes, and until that point had been the longest thing I had ever written. After that challenge, I would have been scandalized if someone told me I could write an entire novel.
So I wasn’t writing a novel that day. I just had an image, a scene in my head that wouldn’t leave me alone.