So yeah, there has been a period of peace and happiness in the land. Life is good and normal. Then things start taking a turn for the worse, the old and ancient evil is returning and it's up to our protagonist to save the day: "You're a wizard, ______!" Slowly but surely the protagonist will progress through the story becoming stronger and wiser, normally with a few encounters with the mysterious enemy and his/her shadowy cohorts. Some people who really should be on the protagonist's side are massive douchebags and refuse to believe that the ancient evil could possibly return. Final battle. The day is saved. Everyone goes about their way again. Is this lacking in imagination? I started writing a scene based around a character, but as I tried to think further ahead this is where my mind was leading me. Should I force myself to come up with something new? Should I try and be a bit more original? Of course there's always the argument "It depends how well you write it." - What would it take to set this apart? Great writing alone, or perhaps some interesting characters? "You're answering your own question here." "Shut up! No I'm not!" "Yes you are." "Don't make me come back there, brain."