No! No no no! :) Don't stick one idea. Let me give you an example (and this really happens to people).
You spend a long, long time - often years - writing and rewriting and perfecting a novel. You send it to agents or publishers. And one day, one of them writes back and says something like, "This novel isn't really for me, but I love your [voice/pacing/plot/whatever]. What else do you have? Send it to me."
Oops. Now here you are without another novel. What a terrible place to be!
You never know what's going to "land" or "hit" with an agent or publisher. Even if you decide to self-publish, you still need a body of work in order to keep generating sales. So I recommend writing one book, making it shine, sending it out, then getting right to work on another one. NOT a sequel! You can write a sequel or series if and when you sell the first one. Don't put all your book-eggs in one basket. Keep writing new stuff. Try new genres. Experiement. But keep writing.
Also, if you're fairly young: Get out there! Don't spend all day after school writing alone in your room. You need to have lots of various life experiences to be a great writer, in my opinion. Meet lots of new people, go have adventures, enjoy yourself. Then you'll have lots to write about later. I'm not saying don't write; I'm just saying don't stress over it right now.
Finally, don't give up. My second novel, Zero, was first finished in 1993. It landed on bookstore shelves in 2012. :)
Posted Apr 25, 2013, 02:05:17 PM