Here's my kind of stupid question, along with what I have in mind for establishing my writing, eventually of course, I have no delusions that I will be on the NY Times BS List any time soon. I've got a basic time frame/narrative outline all in my head for what I think could evolve into a very deep and gripping character. So is that enough for me to possibly pursue a career in writing? Is one idea enough to springboard literature? Does this happen with established authors? do they just get one idea they think has merit, and then run with it and evolve their writing over time? I have recently gotten really into reading for leisure (within the last year). I've made my way through several authors, series, stand alone novels and a few genres between all of them. And I've discovered my love for literature. As soon as I started, I began to toy around with a simple idea for what I thought could become a very interesting character. As I read more genres, series and authors, I began to incorporate key elements of setting and even genre to this character. Due to the nature of the character, that I instilled from the start, he has the ability to see and firsthand experience the evolution of humanity, morally, religiously, artistically, and spiritually over the many millenia. This lead me to the realization, that due to his nature, he could live for thousands of years, and through that, the main character could play a major role in several series within a larger series. e.g. 1st trilogy would be horror or something of the like,,2nd trilogy could be more theological and dealing with mankind's morality and spirituality. 3rd trilogy would be sci-fi-humanity's future and junk. here I'm just throwing the idea out there, nothing is set in stone in my mind yet. Now I know I've really gotten ahead of myself here. I know. I still consider myself a pretty terrible literary writer, but I have a penchant for identifying another authors literary faults, and then identifying and embracing what they do correctly in narrative prose, and character development. I plan on revving up my reading over the next few years, reading any series and genres that could possibly improve and alter the basis I have for my main character. I also plan on really investing time into developing my own writing style. Working on my descriptive ability, my dialogue, my basis for character creation. In hopes that one day, 5-10 years from now, I will have the writing skills to bring to life a character, that in my mind is already as real as any of you. I've realized by the end of this post that I came up with the answer to this stupid question already. If an idea truly sparks your imagination, and has you constantly thinking about it and adding to it and further developing it, then one sole idea can springboard ones self into being a writer. But I realized that after I wrote all that ^ up there, and I don't feel like wiping out ten minutes worth of typing just b/c I uncovered my own answer to a pretty silly question. So if you're still reading, and I really doubt that, I apologize, I get really long winded in what I have to say, even when I have little to actually say, lol. But still I'd like to hear what others think. Can one literary idea change your life? I'm in college, am not pursuing any carer path and have never applied myself fully. Could one great Idea be my outlet for realizing the true nature of my own character and my own future?