This was something I cooked up . It's set in ancient Egyptian times and involves revolutionaries: Spoiler Aisha is the proud elected leader of one of the militia squads protecting Kharga, a confederation of anarchic villages around an oasis west of Egypt. Pharaoh Nebtawi, determined to reclaim the oasis, sends his son Mkalbuti to attack it, and Aisha's mother Shepsit is killed in the battle. A vengeful Aisha launches a guerrilla campaign against Mkalbuti, but treats the Egyptian soldiers she captures with such brutality that she is dismissed from the militia. After traveling by herself through the desert, she enters an Egyptian village and decides to redeem herself by inspiring the villagers to take up arms against the regime oppressing them, but this rebellion is crushed and Aisha is imprisoned. She is about to be executed when a large mob of sympathizers rescues her. After having a climatic battle with Mkalbuti, she allies the peasants with the Khargans. Now the revolution is about to begin... I've already written one short chapter of the novel, but would appreciate some feedback on my idea before continuing. EDIT: I read Cogito's sticky and now I realize that in this OP I did something he advised against (namely just put down a plot idea and ask people what they think of it). However, I'll still like some advice with how to begin the story: Spoiler I'm not sure whether to start with the Pharaoh and his son plotting to conquer Kharga or put in a little prologue explaining how Aisha was voted in as a militia leader. I feel like the latter would reveal more about Aisha's character, but since it doesn't relate directly to the main plotline, it may seem to be gratuitous filler.