Alright so I'm working on a story idea. It's a bit of exploring the hero role. In the story, there's a man, he was once renowned as a hero and even saved the world from a great evil. but sure enough once the hero had served his purpose and the evil was vanquished there was no need for him anymore. the hero, among other powers, has a healing factor which makes him age rather slowly. He can also shape shift. getting into all of his powers would take too much time. So the hero comes up with a plan he will raise a new crop of villains to be his new foes. I put a bit more into it in another thread if you would like to read https://www.writingforums.org/threads/good-heroes-and-good-villains.140524/#post-1356176 So I'm trying to come up with the overall progression of the story. I've got a few things I want to include and I'm still building on the cast really. But how do you guys come up with things to include in the story that aren't just filler. I've seen many scenes in published book series that try to extend it and just end up being mindless filler. sure there are sometimes where I've seen the filler be on purpose to expose some kind of truth or detail about the protagonist, but there have been many books I've read where filler is not properly done. So, any ideas for my story and any tips on how to make sure I include what's needed and leave out clutter. Also. do you consider starting a story with a kind of philosophical exposition about the characters to be a bad idea.