Hello everyone. I'm new to the forums, as well to novel writing. It's a new project that I'm interested in and I hope that you can help me move it along. My main challenge seems to be that I will sit down and write a scene that simply does not advance the plot. It'll be decently written, fairly entertaining, and develop the MC, but nothing much more. They're really more like separate vignettes about the MC's life than anything else. My novel is about Jesús Hernandez, the narrator and protagonist. He is a second generation Mexican-American immigrant living in Arlington, Texas. Not satisfied with the present circumstances he lives in, his ambition, work ethic, competitiveness, and individualistic nature leads him to get him into the college of his dreams, Duke. But Duke turns out to be not as great as it originally seemed, and he struggles to fit into a world where is different ethnically, socioeconomically, and intellectually. The plot is driven mainly by a love interest as a freshman in college, a girl he pursues while trying to navigate a world very foreign to him. However, I want to include details of his family history, his childhood history, and his high school experience as well. What is your advice? I was considering a nonlinear narrative, where it begins with Jesús at the beginning at college, and him revealing different aspects of his background. What do you do? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.