Hi there. I am brand new to this forum, so apologies if there are any "new member" protocols that I may have missed - as I am going straight into posting a thread! I am a young writer (early-20's) writing YA fiction. I am not terribly experienced, though have been writing just as a hobby since childhood. I thought joining a forum might help me push my skills as I read and contribute online. I have a couple of questions about developing a plot. When I lay out the current plot to my story, I am hit with a lot of glaring questions (usually "Why?"), and I was curious as to whether you think this is a sign of a poor plot that needs entirely re-working, or if there are ways of filling in these holes. *** My story is based around a young girl named Eden. When she is fourteen she finds out she is adopted. At first, it seems that it is your normal "hey, you're adopted" kind of situation. Eden is upset that she has been lied to by her parents, but ultimately is happy and thankful she now has a loving home. Her parents, by her own admission, are perfect. She is extremely close to her father, who has raised her as an independent, thoughtful, music-loving girl. She has no desire to find her biological parents. That is until she is eighteen, ready to move away to college, and her father gets sick. It's in his sickness, and her teetering on adulthood, that he admits to Eden that the story isn't as straight-forward as her parents have let on. She discovers that she was "the child in the yellow shawl", a famously abandoned baby that baffled authorities. She was six months old when she was found abandoned in the middle of the city at night, with nothing but a yellow shawl. Attempts to trace her parents, or piece together exactly how she ended up alone completely failed. Her father (a journalist) fought to adopt her with his then-girlfriend, and they raised her as their own. The story follows Eden as she decides to seek answers. Confused firstly as to why her parents wouldn't tell her all of this when they revealed she was adopted, she also cannot understand why her father who wasn't directly involved in the case, and seemingly having no paternal instinct at his young age, felt compelled to adopt her. Sensing her parents have a lot to hide, she seeks the answers herself. Her journey will find her discovering who her biological mother is, finding out that she was conceived by a rape that was considered "her own fault" by friends/family and that she spiraled into serious mental health issues (still to be nailed down and fleshed out) after her rapist disappeared with no trace (this will be what people sometimes refer to as drunken/party rapes which are a contentious issue at the moment which I obviously will handle accordingly - and this issue plays a big role in the message of this story). She abandoned Eden in the city in fear and panic after feeling helpless and unable to care for her, before running away. She tells Eden that she abandoned her in a way that meant she would be found by police almost immediately (in a high tourist area). Eden, now feeling emotionally connected to her mother and her tragic story, decides to get justice for her by finding her biological father and handing him into authorities. All she has is a first name, and a now defunct punk band he used to play in. The story will follow her as she hunts down him and his fellow band members to try and find him, but the trail leads her back to her own father (now with a different name) - the one who adopted her. It will turn out that he was the rapist, and her father all along (her mother will be as in the dark as Eden). It will then be a case of Eden understanding her place in the world. Can she forgive her father on his deathbed for the lies and the hurt he has caused in so many peoples lives. Can she understand how a man who was seemingly the perfect husband and father, could have done this in his early-twenties? Can she navigate her way through loss (of many kinds), self-discovery, growing up, forgiveness, moving on, acceptance etc. etc. etc. *** It obviously still needs fleshing out with other things but that's the main plot. There is a sub-plot with Eden's romantic relationship throughout, but this does not affect this main plot just yet. My questions at the moment are the following: -If Eden's mother wanted the best for her, why on earth would she abandon her in the city instead of handing her straight to CPS and sayings he couldn't handle it? Could mental health be a good enough reason to act bizarrely? Or do I need a better motive? - Initially, Eden's father knew that the baby found abandoned in the street was his own, because of the shawl (which he would have gifted to her when he found out she was pregnant). But in my new revisions, he had disappeared before even knowing that she was pregnant to avoid being arrested for rape. How on earth is he going to know that the baby is his? - However he figures it out, why doesn't he just alert authorities and say "this baby is mine" because of X, Y and Z? I already know his motives for wanting to take in the baby, but why wouldn't he just be honest? Is wanting to conceal the truth from his girlfriend (who he will have cheated on) a good enough motive? Obviously I'm not necessarily asking you to answer those questions haha! I'm just curious if you have any tried and tested techniques in figuring out these kind of issues that are putting a stopper on your plot development progress? Or is it just a case of sitting and waiting for it to figure itself out? I feel like I can't get any further with this because it currently makes no sense. Any tips/help/advice welcome, as well as any other questions that are glaring in my storyline that need answers before I progress with any writing.