Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling 5-8
5. Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll fell like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.
6. What is your character good at or comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at him. Challenge him. How does he deal with it?
7. Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard. Get yours working up front.
8. Finish your story. Let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.