Writing is a lot easier if you have something to say
I take the view, and always have, that if you cannot say what you are going to say in twenty minutes you ought to go away and write a book about it.
Zest. Gusto. How rarely one hears these words used. How rarely do we see people living, or for that matter, creating by them. Yet if I were asked to name the most important items in a writer’s make-up, the things that shape his material and rush him along the road to where he wants to go, I could only warn him to look to his zest, see to his gusto.
If you have other things in your life - family, friends, good productive day work - these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.
Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.