Anyone have any tips on writing scenes that you know you need, but that don't come naturally. I'm good at writing major plot points as they come - but I end up with a bunch of unconnected dots. Now I'm trying to go back an forge some of this stuff into a cohesive first four chapters for my critique group's submission deadline, and I'm struggling with the connecting pieces. For instance, I know my two co-protagonists, Nina and Vinya, have to meet each other at the office (they work in neighboring cubicles in a newsroom), but I had no clue how this happens. So right now I'm writing a scene where Vinya gets asked to show "newbie" Nina around the office and that's how they meet - but it feels forced, tedious, and like it slows down my pace. Any advice on handling scenes like this that you have to force? Probably doesn't help that the actual brain work I've been doing is on the end of the story - when Nina and Vinya are best friends, roommates, and have already had some life-changing experiences. Boiling them back down to their original, naive (and in Vinya's case, vapid) selves is a bit jarring for me as the writer.