Ever since I started to be interested in fiction writing about 2 years ago, I've struggled to write. At first, the biggest issue holding me back was that I knew very little about writing. Since then, I've read books on story structure, sentence structure, how to write scenes, how to write emotions, how to write dialogue, how to write conflict, and more. I've kept notes on them, reference back to them, and look for instances where stories I'm reading are using the advice. I feel confident that I know how to make stories work, and I've gained a deeper interest in writing because of it. Yet, I am still struggling to write. I have ideas in my head about the characters, the plot, the conflict, the major scenes, and I have ideas in my head about how I want to insert subtext into the dialogue, align characters against each other to diversify the conflict potential, examine multiple aspects of the theme through conflict, but I can't transform all of that into words. When I'm lucky, I can produce 175 words per hour; normally, it's even lower than that. I've tried to think of reasons this could be happening. The first I came up with is that I haven't read enough fiction. I didn't read much fiction before 2 years ago, and I still wouldn't consider myself a voracious reader. However, I don't think this is the issue because of my difficulties in writing scripts. I have been studying screenwriting, have analyzed scripts, and I have a longer history of watching and analyzing films than fiction. Despite this, I am experiencing the same difficulties. The only other issue I can think of is that my mental process is poor. I think I'm unusual in the way that I focus a lot on how I think about things, in a systems-oriented way. It can be beneficial when I have developed a good system for thinking, but it can also be detrimental when I have not. I think the issue is that I'm trying to think about writing in terms of all of the bits of advice I've gained--an impossible task--instead of developing a natural way to think about writing. Natural still has a specific process; the difference is that the person isn't consciously thinking about that process when he or she is using it. Ironically, I think the only way for me to develop this subconscious process is to consciously look for it. My question is asking you to think about what you think about when you write. Do you have a movie going on in your head and you try to describe it? Do you think of stories you've read and try to use how they worked to convey your story? Do you try to imagine yourself in the head of your characters and try to describe what they are feeling/thinking/acting? Do you do something else? Any and all help is appreciated. I'm getting to the point where I'm considering giving up fiction writing if I can't improve.