I love making characters and worlds. However, I usually stick to fan characters because I can never think of any plots that I like or that I'd want to write. I'm afraid that I'm not a good writer because I can't come up with plots, therefore I can't write any stories. I always have vague idea of what I want to write, but they don't seem to have any fixed end or conclusion. How can I think of legitimate plots that I'd like? I'm afraid of all my settings/charries going to waste. :(
Well, first, let me just say - your settings and your characters can never go to waste. You can always reuse your characters and settings with new ideas. The only time that you can’t take it back is once it’s out there and published, and hopefully if you were to publish your idea, you wouldn’t consider it a waste.
Coming up with plots is easier for some writers than others. You know what else comes easier to some writers than others? Dialogue, metaphors, character development, humor, foreshadowing. We all have areas we’re strong in and areas that we need to work a little harder at. Plotting may seem like a big one, but it’s not so big if you break it down a little.
You’ve got characters and you’ve got a setting. Now imagine one of two scenarios. First scenario: Your characters leave the setting. Why would they leave? What are they looking for? What will they find? That right there is a plot. Second scenario: A new character arrives in your setting. Where did they come from? What’s their agenda? Do your existing characters support or reject this character’s agenda? That right there is a plot.
When you have a foundation (setting and/or characters), just start asking questions to help formulate your plot.