I find writing to be a release. I love describing things and feeling that I've captured something in the words--a feeling, a character, a reality of some sort. So that's what I write. Therapeutic stuff that's often heavily based on personal experience, past or present. I'm not interested in fantasy, or horror, or romance (at least not the harlequin kind). I'm interested in real life, a la modernist stream of consciousness kinda technique. The trouble is that putting together a plot feels contrived, and too transparent. Does anyone else write like this/for these reasons, and feel the same trouble? I don't finish anything. I think this also has to do with criticizing myself too heavily and shooting too high.. I still don't know how to come up with a good plot. It seems real life doesn't always work like that. And making up stuff completely feels hopelessly cheesy, I think because my creative/visionary skills may be too weak and that's why I rely on autobiography so heavily. Anyone understand? Advice?