This is hard to explain, I don't know myself what is missing but I'll try my best to explain! I guess the main point is that I can never seem to take my list of ideas from brainstorming to the next stage. Or better yet, I get halfway to the next stage but can't bring myself to fully flesh it out. My plot outlines always look like a list of ideas that aren't truly connected. I identify the inciting incident (sometimes only to discover that there may be another), and at least try to get a good character goal and flaw, but I can never get the characters to move because they're missing those internal notes. The ones that change them. Scenes always drag on. And things get boring. It's getting frustrating because it's becoming very hard for me to finish a story, not because I leave it and don't come back, but I guess because I get lost in the plotting. And it's all a bit discouraging. I'm trying to start small and write short stories but even those seem to lack a simple arc. I feel like I need to scrap everything I've learned about storywriting and just start over. I don't think, when it comes to character and internal conflict, I've ever really had a firm understanding of story structure (especially in the second act). I was re-watching Gone Girl, Buffy, and Game of Thrones today and it just got me thinking. All three are wonderfully written. The episodes/scenes for the most part hit the mark. It's like an awesome roller coaster with dips and turns that don't leave you bored. But mine is flat lining... I think I'm missing external and internal conflict and I'm not raising the stakes.