Hello everyone, so I am writing a novel and I have most of the backstory and outline figured out by now, and I have written about 15000 characters. However I have been stuck for a week on some practical issues on how to continue the story. So the main character has a book that has larger significance that he realises, his mother has had this book all her life until her death during an attack on their home town. The text of the book is written in a strange language but somehow, the main characters mother is able to read it, the reasons behind this is not revealed until much later in the story. The main character finds a note from his mother that says that he must visits these 6 temples of an ancient civilisation, that was destroyed by their people a thousand years ago, to restore power to the book. In the story there are three humanoid races with three different racial properties, such as; people with scarlet eyes can enhance their physical strength, agility, etc temporarily, but this ability has been lost and only a few can use, or even knows about the power. The book has the ability to activate and enhance these racial abilities on certain individuals, and the main character is the chosen carrier of this book, no one but him can utilise the power of the book. However I have yet to imagine how this will work practically, for instance; when they reach a temple and restores part of the power of the book, what happens practically? A book seems like such an arbitrary item for this. Do the main character place the book on a pedestal which the book reacts to? And suddenly lights up the room and simultaneously the book shots a beam of energy into the main character which puts him in trans, perhaps revealing some secret of the history of the world? Furthermore, how would the enhancement of the racial abilities work practically? Will the book start glowing and the main character direct beams of energy from his hands? Seems kind of silly, or maybe it is more subtle somehow? Basically I have worked out most things until the main character reaches the first temple, I would very much appreciate any ideas that you have. I am sorry if the information I have given is sparse, but i don't want to spoil too much of the story.