Hey all, I like to think of myself as a fairly knowledgeable and thinking individual. I've spent time cultivating interests and ideas throughout the years. After years of struggling with writing stories (getting started, conceptualizing them through to the end, applying the morale, the subtle psychology into characters, etc), I think I've discovered the problem: I have all these ideas and all this knowledge, but I don't know how to turn them into characters, into plot, into a story. I think this is a major bottleneck to my creativity- i don't know how to apply my ideas and turn them into fiction. How do you guys take your abstract ideas, simple concepts, random thoughts, inner feelings that are hard to define, and then turn them into stories, and story elements?