Too hot today on our little mountain. Sweltering and cranky for many hours.
Move fan in front of door and turn it on. Hey, magic!!
Like I couldn't have done that hours ago. Sigh.
I spent a couple of days this week typing up a VERY basic outline of, I guess you'd call them...plot highlights. Nothing new, just filling out the "required" details of one of the appendixes of Maass' workbook. I certainly don't have a plot yet.
This last exercise made it very clear WHERE I don't have a plot.
I think this is part of that research thing. I know where I want Caro to find her "place." I know with whom I want her to end up. And I've been reading lots and lots about that place and those people. I know the world, I know the attitude, I know the general feel of it all.
What I don't yet know is what Caro will/wants to do there.
I know that lots of my specific research will keep going as I write and much of it I won't even be able to do until I've got a draft or two out and can really see what specific facts I need. But these holes--these actions and active choices that Caro will be making--these are the big plot points I really need to have figured out before I write.
Which means that I have some choices to make. I have to start down a few roads, pick a few paths Caro could stride along in this community, think of a few steps for her to take and then, I guess, test them in my gut. See how they feel--both for me and for her. And then, back up, find another possible fork in the road and send her a little ways down that one. It comes back to my goal of not just showing someone living within history, but writing a STORY with history as a layer. I have to keep thinking about who Caro is and what in this world would catch her, would make her angry or frightened or set off some kind of spark within her. And I have to do this while reading all I can about this world and what the real people within in were actually doing.
So, yes, this means a lot of time with books and a notebook and pen. In between, of course, getting those revisions done on the critique book. I don't know about you, but it sounds like a pretty lovely balance of jobs for the next couple of weeks. :)