My current WIP begins with the main character obtaining magical powers (I explain them thoroughly HERE) just as a villain with the same power appears to threaten his home, but I'm having trouble deciding how to go about this. I have some basic ideas, but they just don't feel...right. Maybe if I write them down here somebody can help sort all this out? I know that the hero needs to be given the power by someone else. The first thought that comes to my mind here is that the villain can steal these powers to add them to his own, and the other magic user gives them to the hero to keep the villain from getting them. This makes the hero the villain's new target, and he has to quickly learn how to use these powers so he can beat his more experienced foe. This idea pretty much comes prepackaged with a plot, but...I dunno. The whole "innocent hero is given powers by dying veteran hero" trope feels a little uninspired, you know? There's also the issue of how he learns to use his powers. This is a kind of magic that people study their whole lives and still know very little about. The villain and the guy who gives the hero his powers are two of the most powerful, and therefore most learned, magic users in the world. That means that if their power is suddenly thrust upon a completely uneducated person, they wouldn't know what to do with it anyway. He has the gift, essentially, but no idea how to use it. This isn't the kind of thing he can teach himself, at least not enough to beat the villain, so I'm at a dead end there. Another idea I had was that, along with his power, the older hero also passes along the knowledge of how to use it. That's also got the benefit of giving thame villain a reason to chase him, since simply stealing a power he already has wouldn't benefit him much. But then, if the hero already knows how to use all his powers, I lose the opportunity for lots of discovery and character growth as he learns about them. So that's the bind I'm in right now. Any suggestions on how to fix them?