I recently was looking at all the stories that I've been working on lately, and I think I've come to the realization that perhaps one of my biggest issues with writing is that my plots are dreadful. I'm good at character development and once I know what my plot is I can write it, but none of my stories are compelling enough for me to want to keep writing, and I think it has to do with weak plots. Does anyone have good ideas for writing exercises to help me improve my plotting skills? Maybe I should focus on a specific genre rather than trying to go all rogue and do something new and different? Should I try to start writing short stories with solid plots before I work on novels? If I can't write good plots should I just give up trying to write or is there any hope? I don't really have a specific genre that I like, even when I read or watch tv I like pretty much anything as long as it has good character development. But obviously characters need a framework to exist in. Has anyone else had this problem and how did you fix it? Bottom line, my plots suck, I'm getting discouraged, looking for suggestions. :/ Even if I come up with an idea, when I plot it out, it just doesn't work which may be why I lose interest in my stories so quickly.