I've recently started writing a short-story/possibly novel, and despite having a general plot in mind, I can't find a way to get my characters started on the path, in a way that isn't too obvious. I've got a great hook, and a good style running through what I have so far. The general idea is that I have a character who suffers from nightmares, and a bout with paranoia. As his paranoia grows, his nightmares begin to invade his life, eventually leading him to be unsure at any moment as to whether he is sleeping, hallucinating, or is genuinely awake. Currently, the plan is to have him begin breaking down and attempting suicide many times over, only to "wake up." I'm also thinking about throwing a potential love interest into the mix. As the story has started though, it's begun only with his ruminations on dreaming and what he feels like, and I have no clue how to move on to the actual plot without it coming out cheesy. Sorry for the rant, just wanted to give you guys an idea of where I was going.