Hey I'm writing my very first story and I'm having issues with coming up with a plot. I have written on and off in the past but mostly short scenes. I have never attempted to write a story in the past all because of plot. I know it seems silly not to write because of that. I feel frustrated because I care about my characters and I want to give them a great story. I've written bits and pieces of scenes I came up with but don't have beginning or and end in sight. What should I do?
You should start with understanding what plot is. We have plenty of tags under plot and plotting that should help. Excellent books you can use are Save the Cat by Blake Snyder, one of the classics of script writing, and James Scott Bell’s Super Structure (and a few others).
We also did a feature called Plot a Month that gets you doing a little bit every day, which no matter where you are in your writing skill or career, is the best way to go. Always. [The link takes you to one of the places where we started posting, so you’ll have to go backward Because Tumblr.]
Snyder’s book is going to run around $10 for Kindle or used, since people tend to hold onto their copies; Bell’s books on Kindle start around $3 and are worth every penny, even if he’s kinda Boomer in his world view. Save the Cat is more likely to turn up in your local library.
We posted this link a few weeks ago and if you are starting from page 0, it can help you get to the essence of your story. Do that first, then maybe start following a course of action from one of the sources above.