So, I have a question that's been rolling around in the back of my mind I'd like to see some opinions on. So although this thread mentions confidence, let's just assume for sake of argument that my character development, subtext and b-plots are all developed with confidence.. What I'm wondering here is how to you obtain confidence in your ideas and scene projects. I've noticed from my own habits, that if I decide on a scene and it feels a bit 'flimsy' I'll subconciously reach out for the genre tropes/scenes established in my genre in order to provide myself with security. An example of this is when writing a two detective characters, I decided I wanted an excuse for them to intrude in each other's personal lives. The 'original' idea I had was that they were dating the same women, but this would lead to too much weight in the b-story for what I was after, eventually I settled on one inviting the other to a family meal. It felt perfect, then I remembered I'd seen this in both SE7EN and True Detective, this is just one example but it's a bit of a humorous battle I have with myself. I always wonder how to obtain confience in ideas that may seem daft at first glance, like when writing INCEPTION, how did Christopher Nolan push past where I would have been saying 'this is stupid, this bit with the chair...weird, stupid...the train comes out in the middle of the road, stupid'