My writing process is usually a mix of plotting and pansing, though I tend to do more of the former. I come up with a list of ideas, which I then try to organize into an outline. However, what often happens is the idea list gets longer and longer as I think of more interesting ideas. I come up with so much to the point where the plot starts to get too complex and maybe even superfluous. I get stuck in this kind of perpetual state of plotting. I've tried to stop plotting and start writing whenever this happens, but that didn't seem to bring me any closer to my goal. What's more is the ideas begin to become unfocused. They don't revolve enough around the Main Character's goal and Main conflict because there's more elements and characters being introduced. They all relate to the goal in one way, but not as strongly. (I have a hard time dealing with Main Goal and Conflict) Let's stay I start off with a general idea, "A boy wakes up to find that his sister is missing." From here I would build around this, focusing on events I would want to happen. Maybe "He finds a note by a river in his sister's hand writing" and "a car tries to run him off the road after he finds another clue." And then as I come up with more ideas and things start to stray a little, I'll write down something like "He runs away from home" etc. I'll keep coming up with ideas like this, but can never manage to connect them. No matter how many ideas I have I can never quite make it into a fully linked Beginning, Middle, and End. I can't get it from that premise statement to a fully fleshed synopsis. At the end of the day, when someone asks me "What is your story about?" I can't explain it to them in a few words. I have to go into this long explanation about the whole story line and my ideas. I get embarrassed every time this happens because the answer I give just seems so unprepared and unsure.