Ideas for scenes come easily to me, but I struggle to find the story, so to speak. I've read that a good story changes the protagonist by the end. How do you develop a plot/story without it becoming just a string of scenes? Am I too hung up on what makes a good story?
A good rule of thumb I've recently found useful is the traditional three-act structure:
It helps give direction and arc to a story, to make sure that it's going somewhere and has things happening.