Any good tips on how to outline the middle of a novel that has a very defined beginning and ending? Right now it's just a giant black hole that I'm afraid to write into because I don't know whats in there - this has a been an issue with everything I've ever attempted writing. Right now - my beginning is very well developed. I follow a young news reporter working for a TV network under a tyrannical and unstable editor as she covers the election of the pope, then scores an accidentally surprise interview with said pope that catapults her to fame and makes her a rival to her abusive boss. The end is also somewhat well defined - the pope gets assassinated a year and a half later and we end up back at the beginning. Except by this time the reporters are in full revolt against the editor, who eventually has an on-air nervous breakdown yelling about how she believed the pope deserved to get shot (she's a bit unstable and has some religious bigotry isssues). In the middle, I know the characters need to grow. The heroine needs to become famous and powerful at the network, the pope needs to confront a schism in the church (which leads to his death), and I need to set up an alcoholic senior reporter to get sober and provide the straw that breaks the editor's sanity (she encourages the alcoholism to keep this person from rising). But I'm a bit lost on how to accomplish this .