Hi, guys. I'm a bit stuck here and I could use your advice. I want to start writing short stories, just for my own pleasure, and I've spent the past week buying and reading anything related to short-story writing (or writing in general). Still, I must be missing something. I have no trouble coming up with ideas, but my ideas are not stories. For example: A guy comes back after a serving two years abroad in the military, right after high school. He's had a lot of time to think of what's important to him and decided that he was truly in love with his high school girlfriend, with whom he hasn't spoken since he left. When he returns, he sees a mural in a conspicuous street in his town dedicated to her memory. She died in a car accident. Filled with pain and regret, he becomes obsessed with the mural and the painting of her on it until he eventually finds a way to enter it, literally become part of it. Then he disappears, no one knows where he went. But in the mural, his face has appeared next to hers. Now, here's my question. Is this a story? If so, how do I tell it? I mean, I can't just write this one paragraph and say, "Voila. Done." How do I make this into at least 5,000 words? Word count isn't even the point. I just want to make it into something with substance, something that will make a reader FEEL. So what do I need? Plotting? Come up with a series of complications and have the main character (the guy) attempt to solve them and fail? How do I make a story out of a simple, pedestrian idea? I just need a glimpse into that "headspace," and I'll be able to just latch on to it after that. How would someone do this, technically speaking? Start drafting paragraphs? How? Thanks for any pointers!