This might be a little long so bear with me. In my WIP I have the beginning and ending planned out, but the middle portion is giving me major trouble and is hampering my progress. The plot more or less is: a village kid named Kumello finds a scroll in the river and is dragged into a conflict between the mortal world and realm of the Gods. 50 years ago a villain called the Dragon King attempted to kill all the Gods, absorb their power and become the one omnipotent God of the world. There were seven champions chosen by the Gods to protect the human world, but the Dragon King killed six of them. And was defeated by the seventh. Kumello's village is destroyed by monsters and his older brother is kidnapped because they think he has the scroll. Kumello convinces the remaining champion to train him so he can rescue his brother. Trouble is I can't make up my mind as to what is in the scroll. 1.) Reconnaissance about the enemy movement needed for the Empire 2.) A Map to the Earth bound gods who will give great wisdom and power to anyone who can complete their tasks 3.) The locations of the remaining students of the fallen champions who need to gather to stop the evil I can't make up my mind because I just see major holes in all three ideas that just make the whole thing fall apart. And if I do think of something all the remaining chapters just seem so episodic without much relevance to the main plot or the characters In 1, it's just too easy for the characters Kumello meets to just take the scroll and blow him off. And it takes a bunch of PIS (Plot Induced Stupidity) for anything to get done. Like why Kumello doesn't just sell the scroll or why Empire doesn't send out another scout for the information, etc. With 2 it just seems like it would make Kumello too powerful way too early and quickly. I mean its hard to screw up when you have divine wisdom and power on your side. And 3, just adds too many characters. I already have all my companion characters planned out and to add six more would just be too many characters for me to manage. Okay if your still with me after all that, any suggestions? Or am I just over thinking everything?