Is anyone else bothered by the amount of 'what should I do' sort of questions on the character and plot forums? It always seemed, by their descriptions, these forums were for discussing these aspects of writing, not asking other people to write stuff for you. Here's the description for the Character Development forum. Sharing techniques, in my opinion, doesn't mean asking other people to come up with character quirks or supplying your character's history for you. And the description for the Plot Creation forum: This one is slightly more confusing, but still states it's a 'place to talk about how to come up with ideas,' which I interpret as finding methods and techniques that will help the writer come up with solutions to their plot woes, but instead many of the posts are just of the 'what should I do' nature, seeming to want others to fill in the blanks in their story. It bothers me, because a) Someone else really can't say what a character history or quirk should be, or how a plot should be resolved, without having read the entire manuscript, any notes, and interviewing the writer to find what they're trying to accomplish in the piece, etc. If we could supply a simple 'your character could like rats!' sort of solution, then it means your characters are probably not developed very well in the first place. b) The forums are designed for improving someone's writing, and them asking how a plot point should be resolved, and then others supplying them answers, isn't really helping anyone learn anything, especially if you take into consideration point a above. And this isn't a forum-specific phenomenon. I've seen this a lot in writing classes, groups and workshops, where people think the purpose is to turn their work in and have others tell them what to do next. That doesn't help them improve, and often these writers just get frustrated that nobody is helping them and telling them what to write, and they often end up just quitting the group/workshop/class. This seems to be a general issue I've seen, where instead of people writing their own material and struggling to figure a story out, they just want an easy answers. They don't want to hear someone say they should go back, re-read their work for the Nth time, and figure it out. They don't want to hear they should maybe take a break and watch some great movies or read great works to get inspiration or figure out how others are working out and constructing stories. Instead, they just seem to want other people to write their fiction for them. What gives? Is this a normal thing I've just never felt compelled to do? Is this a trend with younger writers, and I'm getting old and out of touch? Is it a phenomenon fuel by a want-it-all-right-away generation that just wants answers now, even if they aren't best, instead of figuring out answers?