My main struggle has always been story plotting. All that BS about "using the What-If question" and automatic plot generators and "just keep writing no matter what" don't work for me. Especially the last one - the "just write no matter what because it's all about discipline, blabla" - nope. My God, it's like shitting. You can shit without thinking. You can write without thinking, too. Yet it's still best not to write like shit.
Yesterday, I had a breakthrough. It simply occurred to me that the best fiction comes out of deep, soul-searching self-reflection (the real kind, not the kind for commercial effect) - which is totally the opposite of throwing any event at a fictional character and "seeing what sticks." Because when a plot is right, you know it. You're not just grasping at straws anymore - you enter a notch in the story arc and you think to yourself, "oh wow. oh yes." And the world comes together like Obama and Jintao for the Unhate Foundation (you can see the image here) and you think - maybe, maybe, maybe - you could pull off your FM.