So when it comes to plot, I never have anything. I like (and consider myself kind of good at) character development, dialogue, relationships... these things came easily to me after I realized (at about age 12) that I had been creating Mary Sues, and that Mary Sues were bad. At around the same time, I realized that fantasy, sci-fi, and horror were difficult genres for me to pull off. Very difficult for me to pull off. And this was bad, because the only way I had learned to create a plot was with crutches in magic or lab experiments gone wrong or vampires. So now that I have limited myself to stories taking place in "the real world", I can't create plots to save my life. I can always get to the point where I've decided this story is going to essentially be a romantic adventure with a lot more comedy than drama, but then I have to ask myself what the actual conflict is, and I blank. It was easy to make a conflict when evil wizards abounded and constantly kidnapped unwitting younger brothers, but the "real world" equivalent (some non-magical person kidnapping unwitting younger brothers?) ventures too far into thriller/mystery territory, which doesn't interest me in the least. The point is that if I try to write fantasy, sci-fi, or horror, it comes out... well, bad. I'm not interested in thrillers or mysteries, and what I am interested in, which is equal parts adventure & romance, I don't know how to work with outside of fantasy & sci-fi. Essentially, I'm looking for literary examples of or advice on potential plots/conflicts for adventure stories outside of the fantasy & sci-fi genres. Help? Please?