For your own story idea:
Identify your main character, and answer these four questions:
- What does your character want?
- Why does he/she want this?
- What’s standing in his/her way?
- What are the consequences of your character getting what he/she wants?
Brainstorm many possibilities for each question and mix and match your answers until you come up with a combination that you feel will give you a unique plot.
As practice, take your favorite children’s book for any age group and answer the four questions above. How do the answers affect the book’s plot?