How To Develop Your Story Idea Into a Novel (even if you get stuck)

Got an idea for your novel, but not sure where to take it?

I've got the solution for you!

Well...a few. More like a few tips, but yeah...

Watch this video! Do it now!

I had a few folks (you know who you are) ask me to go in depth on how to develop your budding story-line, and I can't believe it hasn't occurred to me to do this post already. I've got a huge list of video ideas and somehow this one wasn't on there.

In my outlining video, I said the first step is to word-vomit your novel ideas into a document. But what if you don't have very many ideas for your story, or you're stuck with what else to do with it?

Here are those missing pieces to that step in my outlining video!

Say this wonderful story idea pops into your mind and it makes you super excited. You jot down a few quick things and then that's it. Your engine sputters and you don't know where else to go.

This initial phase doesn't have to be too in-depth, so it's okay if you only have a handful of bullet points - there's plenty of opportunity to develop it further. Likely, it's something you'll be doing in the coming months or maybe even years.

But my tip for this is not to get discouraged. There are so many of us out there that have an idea for a novel, but we all get stuck on thinking our story is silly or it's not good enough. Don't fall into that trap. Every novel started out as one simple