I think there's something basic about plotting that I never learned and need to. My stories are much shorter than comparable stories written by other authors. My WIP starts with the following scenes Prologue: begins to introduce the great big problem by focusing on the herald's problems in another place Scene 1: Introduce the MC who is scaling a cliff on the Columbine trail at twilight in a snow storm in order to rescue a young boy who fell and is unconscious Scene 2: On his ride home, the MC, on his snowmobile returning to the city, realizes that he is being followed by something which he first thinks is a mountain lion, but learns that it is moving far too fast and must be something else. Sequel 2: Upon arriving in civilization, the thing on the mountain is no longer chasing the MC. Within a few days, the MC comes to believe that his imagination had just been playing tricks on him Scene 3: Introduce the mentor, the MC's step-dad, whose relationship with the MC will reveal the MC's major need and fear Scene 4: ?? Scene 5: the MC's house is attacked by monsters. He is rescued by the herald. Sequel 5: the MC learns that more of these monsters are coming for him. He receives his first Call to Adventure (the herald tells the MC that the MC must leave with him - the fate of the world depends on it) and turns it down. The MC reveals fear of responsibility (he's afraid he'll fail if he is responsible for anyone else). Scene 6: One of these monsters injures the mentor and poisons him. Sequel 6: The only cure is where the herald is trying to take the MC (the MC's second Call to Adventure). The MC agrees to go with the herald so that the mentor can get needed medical care So, that's the first act. It takes only six scenes and two sequels. This is about twenty pages. My gut is telling me there is something important I'm leaving out and that's why my story is so much shorter than it should be. But, I cannot figure out what I'm not including.