One of the struggles of learning a new language is learning to think in that language.
For example, when someone asks me "where did I you go?" I translate the answer in my head to:
Speaking of me, the bookstore, I went.
And then answer in Japanese.
However, if I'm trying to express an idea I've never said before
That was more difficult than I thought it would be.
or an idea that doesn't conform to "A は B です", I'm lost.
Is there a guide or ruleset to help guide English speakers on how to start arranging their thoughts in a more Japanese way?