If this has been done, feel feel free to close it and link to the other, but I'm hoping it has the potential to help us all. The idea is we each outline what element of fiction writing we struggle with most (this is not a thread for specific plot/character problems) but for declaring the one area you always struggle with. Then, if anyone happens to have any advice on any of these, they can do so. Mine has always been, and still is, the use of effective padding, not only to achieve a novel-length word-count, but also for pacing purposes. I've always claimed that if I were given the basic outline of a plot, I could probably tell it in about 8,000 words. This, of course, would be little more than a glorified synopsis, but I could still give you the beginning, middle and end. We're constantly reminded that every single sentence has to serve a purpose, or that fillers and padding should be avoided, but it is a complete and utter mystery to me how this is achieved. We can't simply write one eventful scene after another - it would be relentless, not to mention unrealistic - so what is the secret to bridging these scenes and pacing the novel without using filler? I've read a lot of fiction, and I still don't understand how it's done. As I say, I'm not demanding any answers to this - this is a thread for others to share the element they most struggle with.