But now I'm back and I've started writing out the index cards for each scene, noting protagonist, antagonist, scene goal and scene conflict as per the instructions in Lesson 2 of Susan Dennard's revision guidebook.
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I had a chat with one of the writers in my Google+ group about the plot point that was bothering me - starting the story in one world and then moving into an alternate reality. I wasn't sure it was going to work, but then she pointed out that Harry Potter starts out just like this. As does The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. And Peter Pan. It can work, I just need to set it up in the right way.
I searched for some songs to add to my playlist for the female protagonist and found "Once Upon Another Time" by Sara Bareilles. What an absolutely beautiful voice. The song gave me shivers. In a good way. And it fits my protagonist well, particularly for one scene I have in mind.
So for the next few days I'll be writing up those index cards, reading Jeff Gerke's The First 50 Pages, listening to my playlist, and moving forward as best my time allows.
I'd also like to do something a bit different this week and write a flash fiction. Just for fun. Or a really short short story. 1500 words max.
We'll see how that goes.
And check out the other writers in the ROW80 blog hop here.