Hey everyone. Was dabbling in some short story ideas, and some longer story ideas, and just constantly running into trouble. I can always start off really strong with the intent of setting up for a great story, but I always run into a wall, and the inspiration my muse gives me just kind of fizzles out and seldom comes back. It leaves me pushing on with a story that feels forced, inorganic and just not good. I had a question regarding your character/plot development... Do you discover your characters the same time you're creating them, so they essentially make their own decisions, have their own strengths/weaknesses, and even surprise you as your story's first reader? Or do you take the role of the omnipotent creator and know your characters/plot inside and out before you even lay anything to the page? Was reading Stephen King's "On Writing" (BRILLIANT), and he prefers the former with most of his stuff. You have any ideas for sifting the ideas, keeping them strong and fresh in the mind so your story doesn't hit a wall and fizzle out?