It's called vignettitis: you get so comfortable with a four-pager that any scenario you think of automatically works out to 2,000 words, kind of like an internal alarm clock. What if you want to start waking up at five instead of seven? Here's what happens: your plot implodes on page five. Everyone who's ever written an epic and finished it, or is going to finish it... HOW? I've read some general stuff about writing. Orson Scott Card wrote a good book about it. What I need, however, are some nuts and bolts of getting from grandiose idea to actual islands of plot points: this, this and this need to happen, and they need to happen beforethis happens. Also, character development: so I can tell you how he likes his bruallki cooked. But how do I know how his subconscious will force him to respond in tramautic situations where blind instinct takes over? What does he dream, and why? How do I know if he cries, and when? If I don't know my OCs deeper than survey-level, how can there be any real story at all? The main thing is middles. I'm okay at starting stories, and I love putting together the smashbang endings, but I never know what to put in that inconvenient part--commmonly known as most of the dang book. How do you write the "building up" parts without slowing the momentum down? Scenes and pacings: my scenes are always too short, they end up being dialogue punctuated by random "he sighed heavily" or "a long silence fell" or "he smiled wryly." How do you add sensory detail without it sounding forced? Another problem with my scenes is that they seem choppy; the motion of my stories would make a sailor sick. *sigh* Mucho gracias for any advice!