He had wanted to write, to be a writer, for a long time, for years. He had many half-baked ideas floating in his head: "Oh, this would be a great setting for a story. But what's the plot, where does it go?" He had been playing with the same ideas, variations of them, combinations of them, for years. They seemed like interesting places and ideas. The characters were not well formed, and what they did after the initial scenes was unclear.