Here is a podcast that will help you write your novel. Writer Jean Tennant takes you step by step through the process. There is nothing more specifically Midwest about this, than that Tennant is from the Midwest. I am three podcasts into the series and so far all of the advice was very helpful.
Tennant is the first to emphasize every writer has his own mode of working and her organized approach may not suit you, but you are free to pick form the advice what you like. Personally I am taken in by the systematic set up. That is maybe because I am an intuitive writer and what I lack in order, needs to be consciously added.
The only reserve I had was when she went over the list of genres. I could think of a couple more and personally did not feel inclined to choose any of the ones she listed. But certainly this is a minor point. You can go on with her and pile up your ideas, flesh them out, outlining and characterizing just as she proposes. This is a very promising podcast I will continue to listen to.