There is a very simple method to find out whether a first idea has the potential to become a project. It has proved useful for me, and if you are a writer or another kind of storyteller you may want to try it out. Outline your idea in three sentences, and three sentences only. Sentence One: Describe your main character and his goal or desire. Sentence Two: List the obstacles, conflicts and antagonists that stand in the way of your main character's goal. Sentence Three: State how the main character's story ends and how he changes. - Now put the three sentences aside for a few days. Then read them again. If you think, ah, that could be a great story, you have another project. Otherwise you can erase the three sentences from your computer and forget about the idea.