I'm brand new on this site, so I hope I'm using the forums correctly. I've been working on a setup and characters for my Camp NaNo novel for a few months now but am stuck, as usual, at coming up with a basic plot. I don't know why this is so difficult for me, but I was hoping some of you might be interested in reading what I have so far and giving some suggestions. I was thinking about a dystopian (sort of) society with 3 divisions that are socially and economically stratified and ringed around a central area where power is concentrated, essentially The City, The Sprawl, The Pasture, and The Slum. The system is set up so that you're born into one division with the opportunity to move your way up by acting as a police force for the government, so if you see someone breaking a rule, you can turn that person in and receive a reward ranging from food or clothing to a cash reward to a division promotion. So basically, this sets it up for the people who are starving in the slums to turn on each other in order to survive and for people in the higher divisions to turn on each other for the sake of power and luxury. I've got this whole thing worked out, and I'm interested enough in it to really want to write about it, but I just don't know where to go with it. I've thought about a few different ideas for plots... *One started with the mayor of the poorest division helping an orphan child escape and being publicly executed for his crime. The idea was that the boy would be supposedly the first to escape, causing the divisions to question whether there are others living outside the country who provided an escape network to the little boy, and eventually there would be other escape attempts and an overthrow, blah blah. I've been told this is too similar to the Hunger Games. I tend to agree to an extent. It's also a lot less interesting. *One (considering this society could be set up on an island or something like that) was about a race to the edge of the island, where anyone under the age of 18 could elect to try to finish this race, in which they would face levels of physical and psychological obstacles increasing in difficulty for the final prize of being able to take 6 people and leave the island... although what's past the island, I have no idea and have been stuck on. *One was that when the kids turned 18 they have the choice to either save a life and take their own or save their own and take another. I worked on this for a while and figured out a whole system of rules for how this would work out in different scenarios, and that was fun for a while, except - again - it's not a plot, just a random thought without much behind it. These all have more thought put into them and more complex motives behind them than I've written here, but those are the basics. I'm just very stuck and don't know how to move past this beginning stage of plotting. Does anyone have any thoughts about which of these ideas suck and which you think might be interesting? Other radically different ideas? Add-ons to current ideas? General advice on how to come up with something creative and twisty? I'm still very much in the learning process and I could use any advice from people who are a little more natural or successful with plotting. Thanks for welcoming me into your forum!