Current story: Imperfect Path, intended to be a short story or novella with an estimated wordcount of maybe 20,000-30,000 words. Current wordcount, 3,535 words. I've set up my two protagonists and their first meeting, which means that I've written the beginning I've envisioned and now need to figure out how to get to the ending I've envisioned from it. Things that need to happen: They need to have a variety of experiences together, from the adventerous to the relaxed but interesting, that contrast against the strictly regimented existence both of them normally have. We need to learn more about the dreamwalkers/Secret Masters that my male lead belongs to. Possibly have a run-in with some of their other operatives, who won't appreciate the fact that he's playing hooky today. The stormsingers that my female lead belongs to need to be hinted at at the very least, and possibly explored in more depth (is there any way to have her tell him about them without making it completely obvious that she's one of them?). At some point, there needs to be an encounter with guards trying to drag her back to her duties, with the protagonists escaping from them. There needs to be an ongoing discussion of duties and how much freedom from them you can reasonably claim or allow yourself. Possibly mention/hint at how the world is dying? It doesn't have much bearing on the story, but it's a fairly major part of the setting as a whole. Right now, they're talking to a street rat who's going to try to sell them a sob story about how her soul ended up pawned off to a sorcerer so that they'll steal it back from her. She's lying, and the situation is actually something entirely different. Need to figure out just what it is that's really going on. Possibly relate this to the duty/freedom discussion somehow? The sorcerer's tower might be a good place to show off some of the male lead's past, in the form of illusions meant to deter intruders or similar.