I have wrestled with this problem for over three years now. In the following week, I am committed to conquering it and moving on. I need your help. First, since we are discussing plot, I want to make it clear that I've tried both planning and pantsing. Pantsing doesn't work for me. It may work for others and, if so, great for them. It doesn't work for me. Okay, my WIP is "what if Norse Ragnorok were to occur in today's world?" It presumes that the Norse gods have been born/incarnated on Earth to grow up and become leaders of armies of men. The Norse gods have hidden their identity and powers from their mortal incarnations so as to avoid things like a baby Thor tossing lightning bolts in a temper tantrum. The gods believe that mortal brains can't contain the knowledge of gods. But, the older the incarnates get and the more mature their brains become, the more they become aware of their nature. I know that Young Adult novels tend to be between 55,000 - 65,000 words in length. Presuming that the average length of one of my scenes is 750 words, that's between 73 - 86 scenes. Assuming that the first act is 25% of those scenes, that is 18 - 22 scenes. No matter what I do, I cannot figure out how to get 18 to 22 scenes out of the above. It is driving me up the wall with frustration. What's the cure?