Hi, This is my first thread, or post actually. I hope I haven't broken some rule that an admin carefully carried down from the mountain. I didn't mean to, honest. The thing is, I have been bashing my head against the wall in regard to plot design. The irony is, the more brains that leave one's skull, the more one's ability to write a plot diminishes. My skull is almost empty. The chase: the pattern is simple. I ask "why?" too much. That's how I was raised. That's why no teachers liked me. "Why, Ms. Stone? WHY?!" Anyway, this character trait means that I don't let anything stay on paper for very long. So many erasers needlessly worn to oblivion because I second guess every idea, and ask "whys" that I only lead to rationales that lead to more whys. So perhaps this is heading into "story" territory as well. The thing is, I'm a messy desk kind of person. I can't seperate plot from story. Both threads are going on at the same time, and now there's a huge knot. "That wouldn't happen!" "Why would anybody let that happen?" And it's not just some cynical neuron with loud voice. I agree with these appraisals. I have ideas coming out the wazoo, but can't link them into a story/plot. My mind is so focussed on answering "why", that I can't believe in any plot or story I come up with. SO: I've read a few pages of these forums and the posts have been helpful in many ways. I would like to know what the rest of you do to get past the "why?" voice, or put a sock in its mouth.