My only MayNoWriMo goal this year was to get a synopsis written for Maya #2. The only catch: I haven’t written the book yet.
While I haven’t had as much time to work on detailed plotting as I hoped, I have made some interesting discoveries. The main color scheme for this book has been purple and blue (every book has a color scheme–The Bloodgate Guardian was orange and green). No theme song yet.
I spent a lot of time developing Quinn and Tara. I researched more about Ix Chel and Yum Cimil. I had several scenes from an earlier draft of BGG, but I wasn’t sure if I could still use them.
The more cards I wrote up for the beginning sections, the more confused I got. I couldn’t figure out how the new stuff I’d developed still fit with the old things I really wanted to keep. I was getting bogged down in details, little scenes at the beginning that hid the main path.
The trick (this time) was concentrating only on the hero’s journey. I wrote up the main event cards for each character without worrying about the other’s hero journey — and then I was finally able to figure out how they fit together. I made cards for the key turning points/journey events in their own color — and then filled the character-specific stuff around them. MUCH EASIER!
Tonight, I sat down with hot pink notecards and did the same general thing for the romance journey. Instead of inciting incident — I have first meet. I still need to work on these cards a bit more, but it’s really helping me figure out the arcs.
When I’m all finished, I’ll take a few pictures.
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I’d love to read more about the ‘romantic’ aspect of the hero’s journey. Good luck Joely, you’re so close!