I have a bit of a strange problem. I've done NaNo the last three years, and I've won each year…but only once have I actually written an actual novel for the duration of the month, rather than scattered notes and short stories and things. I've been trying to figure out why I can start off the month with a novel idea firmly in mind…and then have it dissipate entirely by about the end of the first week. I was so excited to write this year's novel! It was set in victorian London, and it was going to be about superheroes and the trials and tribulations they face being minorities (cough cough) in a world entirely unaccepting of who they are. However, as the first week progressed, I realized that I had little more than an idea to go off of, and some abstract ideas for themes. That's seemed to be my problem whenever I come up with a new story idea: oftentimes I'll have a really abstract idea of the plot, maybe one or two characters that I really like, and various theme words that I want to include in the story somehow. Nothing's ever so concrete that I feel confident enough to actually write it, and while I realize the lack of confidence is something I'll have to get over, I find it really frustrating that my stories never take hold enough to develop into anything more than a vague setting, random action scenes, and the same character ideas recycled into the sparse plots that I'm actually able to create. I don't know what to do, but I really want to write! Should I just not worry about not having any idea what I'm doing and write anyway? Or are there tips and things to help me potentially develop my novels even the tiniest bit further?