I had this idea for a novel that I plan on writing (and have been planning on writing for some time now). And I would like some input, thoughts, or help on plot direction and / or character development over the course of the book. Like I said, I've had the idea in my head for a while now, but I'm far from being able to start writing. I'm not sure if I should make a plot outline or what since I've never written lengthy fiction before. So I would like your input. Or help, for that matter. I tried to put a little different spin on magic and superhero powers with this. Although the whole point of the book isn't religious in nature, the 'abilities' (or however you would like to call them) are directly impacted by the supernatural. Which is, in this case, the Christian God. I took a look at some successful powers-based / superhuman movies and books and tried to combine elements of the best of them to create my own sort of 'force'. Anyhoo. To the point. Central theme - It takes the verse Matthew 17:20, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." and applies it (quite literally) to reality. Think matrix / star wars with a little quantum theory / zero-point field manipulation thrown in to create some sort of modern faith-based force which allows for certain people to possess extraordinary gifts. They were divinely chosen by the Creator for some reason (help!). One rule governs the use of their abilities though. Their powers are only to be used for the purposes of the Creator. Oh, and I'm also searching for a different name for God than 'The Creator' if you have any ideas. Naturally, like any good superhuman novel series, I will incorporate a storyline that integrates good and evil. Yet at the same time I want to tie in romance and good ole' fight scene action. I'm curious as to how to treat the violence though. Because although I would love to implement some Jason Bourne-esque combat with high tech weaponry and all that jazz, I'm also interested in revealing a more innocent quality to the combat. I even considered using a character as young as 13 as the main character. Although I am not sure how that would pan out in the long run (help!). Anyhoo. There is also a big hole in the plot right now that I need to take care of before writing. It involves how the characters obtained these powers. Although it isn't even about 'obtaining' but more about learning how to use what every human was given. Which is Faith. My two main characters each possess superhuman powers. The first is a professional thief and has a highly developed sense of perception and memory, which, of course, causes her to be excellent in high risk operations such as grand larceny. My second character is Samson-like strong. Huge, hulking figure. Loosely based off Marv from the Sin City comics. He could literally rip the bars off a jail cell. This guy is diesel. I still haven’t come up with the way that he utilizes his strength though (help!). For the present purpose, let’s just say he’s the most trusted security guard for (A) the most high up drug ring leader in the United States or (B) the President of the United States. I have a couple small problems. The first being: These characters know that they’re good at what they do. They haven’t expressed any sort of dedicated Faith by any means, which conflicts with the first rule that I mentioned. One option is to limit the central theme to this: the characters are given their talents by the Creator, but do NOT need to have a passionate Faith to utilize them. If this were the case, I would completely scratch the rule about Faith and just center the book about how the Creator works everything to further his glory. Either way, I could use some advice on where this plot could be going. Here are some questions you can help me answer with advice and suggestions: - The telling of the story. • Do you recommend that I tell this kind of a story in third person limited (i.e. Saint by Ted Dekker)? Or first person limited (i.e. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer)? • Should I keep the entire novel through the eyes of one character and save the other character for another book entirely? Or should I bounce between both characters viewpoints chapter by chapter? - The plot • In what way can I tie in the two characters lives together? Or do I even need to? • What greater purpose of the Creator can be worked by these two individuals through their lives? • I really want to bring to life the presence of sin in a way similar to the way Ted brought Marsuvees Black to life. I’m looking to turn these two characters into agents of good from their past lives. How do you suggest I do that? And what kind of antagonist can I put in their path? • Also what kind of path can I give them? What’s the overall goal? The goal of the Showdown series by Ted Dekker was to show the power of redemption through the defeat of a hauntingly evil villain, Marsuvees Black. What kind of goal can my characters work towards? Thanks in advance for your advice, friends.