I've been working on building the general (beginning) plot for a book I am super eager to start writing, but my insecurities are getting to me and of course I need second options. Plot: Three siblings being raised by a single father suddenly have their world turned upside down after their father's mysterious death. Having no other options the siblings are sent to live with their aunt who lives in the house that their father grew up in and who treats the children horribly. The children's lives are miserable but they find solace and happiness amongst each other. Things look bleak for the children until they come across a book hidden away in the house. There is a strange symbol on the front and their father's name along with another name that read Victor carved into the back of it. When they originally open it, the pages appear blank, but upon finding a small looking glass they realize that the words could only been seen when the glass was held over the words while light shown through it. There is a letter tied to it addressed to “whoever has found this” with a map of the property. In the letter their father had claimed to have discover a strange and mystical world beyond the trees but that this world was not what it seemed. It said that he felt as if his life was in danger and that he feared he would end up like Victor if he ever went back. At the very bottom of the letter he asks whoever found the book to burn it and never look back and that he would have burned it himself, but that he could not bring himself to do it and he prayed that if they didn’t burn it that they would, at the most, put it back into hiding. The children are in shock by their findings, but do not get rid of the book as it begins to have significance to them. There are torn, stained and ripped out pages, cryptic texts and messages, crude drawings, and quotes from their father and Victor within the book. But the most notable quote is on the very first page that says “Do not always believe your eyes because they too can be fooled.” The children will eventually go through the book. The fantasy world is on the other side of the trees that line the back of the house, to make it more clear picture them walking into the forest one way and on the other side as they leave the forest is the other world and if they go back through the forest as they came they're back home. The Withers Family: Sebastian Withers (15): The eldest brother of Matilda and Gregory and son to Jonathan Withers. Sebastian is a very complex individual. He has a very reserved and quiet and has a hard time connecting to others outside of his siblings. He is a bit of a pessimist and is overprotective of Gregory and Matilda and has many times sacrificed his happiness or well being for theirs. He is creative and as an outlet he likes to draw and paint and he has a sketchbook that he has with him at all times that he draws in whenever he feels inspired. He tends to be sarcastic and outspoken and has no problem giving his opinion on things and speaking up for himself and his siblings. But he keeps their torment and suffering a secret because he knows if they go into foster care they will be separated, and who wants a 15 year old anyway. Gregory Withers (12): Gregory is Sebastian’s younger brother and second oldest. He is very outgoing and friendly, and is much more trusting of others than Sebastian along with a more positive outlook on the world. He is very goofy and silly and he likes to make fun and crack jokes constantly which helps given their situation. He thinks of himself highly and fancies himself quite the charmer. He is in the midst of going through puberty as well, so that’s fun. Matilda Withers (7): Matilda is the sweetest, cutest, and kindest girl you will ever have the pleasure of meeting. But given her age she does not know much about the world and is very naive and gullible. She is although very confident for her age and doesn’t have a problem with questioning her surrounding and those around her. Jonathan Withers (39) Deceased: Father of all three children and co-author of the book who died of mysterious circumstances, that was ultimately ruled as a natural death. Renee Withers (?) Deceased: Wife to Jonathan and mother to the three children, she died in childbirth while having Matilda. Grenadine Withers (42): Eldest sister to Jonathan and legal guardian of the three children. She is a bitter old woman who was never able to truly love herself and who was never able to bare children. She has had four failed marriages and countless miscarriages. She believes that the reason they all failed was because she was never able to have a child. She has always envied her brother's life, his marriage, his children, his happiness. But when the children are made to stay with her, her resentfulness and bitterness cause her to treat the children horribly.