Hi there lovely folks! As I sat in Costa Coffee earlier today, reluctantly comforting my brother who had been stood up , whilst trying to disguise my disinterest and enjoy my green tea (my head is always in the clouds) we somehow got onto the topic of "What are you doing all day with your laptop?"- when I told him I was writing novels again he had a fit, a loud fit... we're talking the entire coffee shop had a giggle. At least it cheered him up. After he had composed himself he began to take an avid interest in my literary endeavours, and while he was positing basic questions to me about what I write I was laughing in the back of my head, at least he was back to his usual inquisitive self. Then he said something quiet deep, it surprised me and I didn't really have a reply. After explaining to him a couple of ideas in the boiler room he leaned back and said... "Take out all the supernatural elements. Write the story first, and only put the supernatural bits in if it actually drives the story forward. Take Harry Potter, Rowling probably came up with the bare bones of the story first and actually put the supernatural element in later..." he trailed off and went on and on, he said something about the Odyssey and other tales and then topic went back to this girl and the intellectual fire behind his eyes, that briefly illuminated our conversation, died out again. HA! But yeah, I was wondering what you guys thought- do you think that supernatural aspects add to a story, or just acts as a gimmick to serve as padding? Do you think that the core of the story benefits from it? Thanks and I look forward to hearing your thoughts! -Del.