Ok, I'm not going to throw out there what I'm working on and have someone try to fill in the gaps or anything. What I'd like is suggestions on how people come up with a plot and storyline for their novels. I'm going to try to do this during NaNoWriMo. It'll be the first novel I've ever written and as a result I have a lot to learn. But part of the struggle I'm having right now is coming up with an actual story. Things I do know, I want to write it in a post-apocalyptic version of my home town. This gives me plenty to work with in regard to the story world. It'll be changed in a number of ways but the basis of it is my home town. What I'm thinking would be fun is taking the perspective of after the major event happens. After the panic. The panic is mostly settled down and people are beginning to come to grips with the way things are unfolding. It's the usual stuff really. But, I don't know how to come up with a solid idea for an entertaining plot. I don't really even have major characters yet, which might be part of the problem. The issue for me is I am sort of a Snowflake Method kind of guy. I don't want all the details, I don't want to write it without any research or thinking, because I need to see the big picture overall first. What do you guys suggest I do for trying to come up with a plot/storyline on my own? I know this is creative work and it's hard to teach "creative" stuff. But maybe there are people with some suggestions or tips or things I can try. I'd appreciate it. Thank you.