So I've got a protagonist with a personality, backstory, and beginning circumstance. I've also got an assortment of other main characters with equally fleshed out information. (I'm using this program called Scrivener to keep up with character profiles and whatnot). I've also got a main antagonist with a history, goal, etc. I'm writing a contemporary alternate reality fantasy story, just fyi. Now here's my problem: How do I connect the dots? I'm not asking people to tell my how to write my story, but I need some advice on how to brainstorm and what methods to use when your plot gets you stuck. When you have your protagonist and antagonist, how do you connect the dots so to speak to set your story in motion? How do you decide on whether to make your story set in one place, or be set in an assortment of places? If anyone has experienced this (being unable to properly focus their plot and conceive a setting that fits the story), what steps did you take to move your story forward? So far, here are the details of my story. The U.S. is ruled by a Prime Minister. The government is made up of a class of nobles who are essentially magicians or witches who have been ruling the country since its conception. My protagonist is a werewolf. Werewolves are treated like pariahs in society, and live in slums and usually work as miners who mine this stone called "aetherium" (still deciding on a name) which is difficult to mine and is the only stone that the nobles can use to store magic in. The protagonist is a member of a resistance group named the underdogs. I can't decide if it should be set in one city or be more of an "epic" fantasy so to speak where several locations are visited. Basically, I'm having trouble connecting the dots. For anyone who has trouble like this (being unable to form a catalyst or plot device that gets your protagonist involved in the main events) what methods do you use to jump start your story? I'm not asking for advice on what to write in my story, because I know that ultimately it is my story and it depends on how I write it that makes good. But I'm stuck and need some advice on how to push the story forward and basically how to start. I've got character profiles, a couple of setting sketches and basically a bunch of background stuff, and an idea for the conflict, but no story.