Is this a good idea for a story?

Question: I am 16 and currently have a big interest in a writing career, so big that I want to become an author of fiction. I am hoping that my one idea for a story will work out. Here is the main plot...


This kid has two parents who are scientists (not sure on what kind of scientists yet). Because the are very strict scientists, they don't believe in anything that can't be proven or is clearly not real. So, ever since this kid was a child, he never was given the chance to believe in Santa or any other "imaginary" being. Basically, this kid was told from the start he shouldn't believe in anything imaginary or unreal. He should only believe in things that are proven and known to exist. This kind of upbringing effects this kid's personality and his life. It's not until this kid stumbles into a world of full incredible imagination that he is forced into an epic adventure to save this "imagination world" and his own. I hope to make this into a series of books.

This world that he finds if full of the dreams of people and anything you could imagine. It will be filled with crazy, yet amazing places that are entirely different from Earth's. This world is one that houses, vampires, were-wolfs, and even all the animals/people form holidays, like Santa. It will contain entirely original creatures that I plan to create. I hope to make the landscapes much different from earth's.

Answer: Two things. First, I'm sure you must know it's not the most original premise. Harry Potter, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Wizard of Oz, and many other stories have similar premises. That doesn't mean you can't make it work. The same ideas are used over and over in stories. It's how you tell the story that makes it good or bad.

Second, the key to making it work is to create a main character with an original voice, personality, inner conflict, etc. In other words, it's not about the world, it's about the person journeying through it. Give the reader someone he can relate to, someone he can feel for, someone he will care about.

And it couldn't hurt to give a few new twists on the genre at the same time.

Best of luck.

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