I get great ideas that I want to follow, but they just end up leading me nowhere. It leads into mind numbing exposition and excessive description. My ideas just turn into a mundane series of events. This problem is made even more apparent when the perfectionist in me -- like in, if not many, all of us writers-- compares my writing to others', and sees their thematic value. Meanwhile mine is empty of even an interesting plot. Am I not thinking about things enough? Before I write, should I necessarily have something I want to say? I can list plot points and ideas that I want to develop further. But when it actually comes down to sitting down and writing a SCENE, I lack the ability. I've always struggled with this, even outside of fiction. With essays and articles alike. I can accumulate interesting topics that I want to write about and unique sources, but when it comes to connecting it all together I draw a blank. No matter how many times I even plan things out, plot and flesh out characters values and motivations, it just ends up back to square one. Part of me is wondering if I even understand how to write a story at all? At its core. Anyone else struggle with this? How do I troubleshoot?