Hey there! I've written 6 short stories of around 2000 words since I got serious about writing. All have the same problem: the concept seemed—still seems—ok, but my characters have the depth of a kiddie pool and the plot is all over the place. Does it happen to anyone else that when you finish a story it's so incoherent that it doesn't even read like a story? I always pants my way through my short stories and by the time I finish there are a bunch of random characters popping up only to disappear after a short battle and the plot makes no sense whatsoever. They're beyond bad, they're like what an 8-year-old would write. Where should I start to improve my stories? Should I just put the ones I've got in the rubbish bin and start with a clean slate or try to rework them into something readable? Your input would be much appreciated!