Chris Baty, the mastermind behind National Novel Writing Month, offers an exercise in his book No Plot? No Problem! called The Two Magna Cartas.
The first Magna Carta is a list all the things you are drawn to as a reader. What makes a good book? What keeps you coming back for more? For example, my list would include romantic plots, magic, campy humor, and dealing with dysfunctional families.
The second Magna Carta contains all the things you hate in a book. What makes you put the book down never to return? What turns you off when you read the back cover? What elements ruin an otherwise perfectly good story? Mine are flat characters, predictable plots, women that always need to be saved, gratuitous sexual violence, and toxic alpha males.
Knowing where you’re going and where you don’t want to can be a big help when you’re in the thick of November, or anytime, and feel lost in your story. Print your list out and put it somewhere you can use as a reference. Let it be a guidepost to craft the story you’d be excited to read, and the process will be all the more enjoyable. Plus your readers will be more apt to enjoy it if you're are too.
Good luck and keep writing!