Preface: This is not supposed to be a writing-by-committee, "please come up with my plot for me" post. I'd just like some help sorting out a few plot holes and aspects that I'm struggling to develop (i.e. motive). Brainstorming is warmly requested and appreciated, but I'm not asking anyone to spoon-feed me. Thanks! ---------------------------------------------- Hi, I've recently discovered that I have a knack for the kids' horror/mystery stories, and I finished (minus revisions) a story in the same general category as Stine's "Goosebumps" series. Now I've got an idea for a similar-genre story that I plan to outline and develop while I do revisions for the first story. The problem is, I'm stuck on the motives. The general premise is that a 12-year-old girl is living with her great-aunt for the summer while her parents are in a different state for her mom's internship trial period for a potential new career. The girl chose to stay with Great-Aunt Fiona because she is "the cool relative" - she likes telling scary stories, staying up late baking interesting recipies, and has a rickety old house in the middle of nowhere with lots of secret passages. She is very fun and quirky and Adalyn (my MC) loves her. The thing is, when Adalyn arrives, she finds that Aunt Fiona is "different." Usually quirky and fun, she is now cold, stiffly conventional and oddly lacking in emotion. As the story goes on, Adalyn finds clues (masks, etc) that someone is an imposter who is merely pretending to be Aunt Fiona. This leads to the question "Where is the real one?" After this, I have a general idea where I want the story to go, but I'm a little hazy. Basically, there is a villain in disguise (probably from an alternate universe, although I don't have the details worked out yet) who also plans to eventually make a disguise-version of Adalyn. In order to stop the villains, she goes into an alternate universe (like a darker version of "Alice and Wonderland") through a portal in Aunt Fiona's basement. Basically, I'm just stuck on the motive for why the imposters want these people and what's at stake for the protags. I'm *really* stuck on this and would appreciate any brainstorming help anyone is willing to give me. Rep points will be given. Again, I'm not trying to mooch anyone for "do it for me" plot stuff -- once I have a motive in place the rest will come easily. Thanks!!