I've been bothered with this problem for a long time. Thing is.......... I am more interested in my characters than in my plot. I don't really know if I'm interested in the plot at all. I decided to change my plot five months ago. Before then, I felt that everything was set in stone (plot wise), but I wasn't happy with the plot. I then came up with a plot that I thought would unite the characters and create an interesting story. But thing is......... I feel like I don't know the plot properly. And I feel that I'm more interested in my characters than the plot. The plot uses the save the world/fight between good and evil-formula. Here are two examples: Minty (my main character and heroine): I am more interested in "Minty the fourteen-year-old girl" than "Minty the hero who will save the world". I think it is more appealing to write about Minty interacting with her friends or her family than depicting her in battle scenes. Minty's main teacher (who will be part of the quest): I am more interested in writing about him at home interacting with his spouse than writing about him teaching his students. I feel that I am more interested in the interpersonal relationships of the characters and the fictional universe's culture than the plot. But thing is........ This is set in a fantasy world and I cannot see my characters losing their magic abilities. Is it possible to write a fantasy story without a "save the world"-plot? Or is it possible to do a family drama, love story, school drama, psychological drama etc set in a fantasy world? Fantasy settings and fictional worlds interest me, but I'm not very motivated to do a "save the world"-story right now. And I've worked for so long on my characters and my fictional world. I wouldn't want to put it on the shelf! I'm not interested in moving my characters to "the real world". Please help me! One more thing! I suck at creating villains and I am NEVER satisfied with the villains I create! I avoid "filler villains" and "evil-for-the-sake-of-being-evil villains" like plague. I could never accept a villain who was just evil for the sake of being evil! Although Voldemort and Sauron are not bad to read about, I feel that I have "higher expectations" when it comes to writing a villain. I want realism, yet fantasy. I am not comfortable of writing about villains who are 100% evil, because I don't believe there are humans who are like that.