I'm not quite sure if this should go here or in plot development, but here goes. Some time ago I started writing one of those "normal person discovers magical world" stories, but I didn't have an actual idea for what this world would be like yet (I just had an idea for an opening I wanted to get down). After a bit of thinking I came up with the idea that the citizens of the magic world would all be hybrids between humans and creatures humans generally hate. Now having an idea to work with, I made a few attempts to get the plot rolling, but I found it just wasn't working. I ended up tracing the problem to the human; I was just way more interested in the world than writing a believable personality and reaction to said world for this girl. So I dropped her, moved what had previously been a side character from the fake world to the forefront, and things started to go a bit smoother. Only problem is, now I'm kind of worried that the whole setting is completely pointless. It's heavily influenced the scenery description, and there are a few small things tied to it, but overall I really could write the thing in a more generic setting and I wouldn't really need to change much. So, is it pointless to place a story in a setting that doesn't effect it? Would it be smart to just kind of shelve the thing until I can think of a plot that relies on its setting?