As a novice writer I had many false starts. My stories always seeded as characters. Great characters! Characters with tragic backstories, with interesting tics and colorful personalities.
So a man walks into a bar and…
My mistake was this: I may have had a great character, but I didn’t have a story. (Yet.)
Even for the most ardent pantser, here are 2 plotting questions to fuel story, unstick you when you’re stuck, and turn false starts into finishes.