Hi all! (New member here) I have a question about imagining a complete plot. I outlined my thought process in bullets to make it more clear to myself: I completed the rough draft of a short story recently, but found in the end that I wasn't satisfied with the way some of the ideas took shape. I encountered some potential plot contradictions that I have spent some time trying to resolve. Toward the end of this process, I realized that the same ideas/themes could be expressed in a similar, but distinct, re-imagined story. At this point, I'm vacillating between working at the story I have written until it's bent into a shape that I'm satisfied with, or taking a moment to brainstorm and reinterpret the themes into something like 10 or 20 alternative stories ideas. (I wouldn't feel the loss too terribly given that it's only a short story) The question ultimately comes down to whether there is some danger in committing to an idea too early-on. In the beginning, I took the first idea I had and fleshed it out until it was a complete story, but I wonder if I should have invested more time into exploring alternative plots on the front end. I call this a "trap" just because I think that I have written myself into a tighter space than I'd prefer, although it isn't a corner per se. Would welcome and appreciate any thoughts you have on this, thanks much in advance! Happy to join the forum.