Here I go resetting the blog as I don't want it to just be about writing and one of the first posts is...about writing. This isn't about me though so much as it is about us. I was doing some surfing online recently and I came across this page. You should check it out, it is basically tips for how to write a premise which is a good place to begin if you want to write a story.
Now I know that everyone's writing method is different, but I'm always exploring new and different ways to plan for stories to see what works well. This way, while it may just be a beginning point to think about, is kind of neat though as it gives you the whole narrative arc in one or two sentences. From that you can build and add side plots and other things as you need.
So, the link again is here, and maybe you give it a check and maybe, just maybe, it'll help you out.
Also, for anyone who isn't aware, Baen Books is doing a fantasy short story contest right now. Submissions have to be fantasy stories of 8000 words or less. You can read more about that right here.
Happy writing folks. More on something that isn't writing later.