Inspired by Brianna, I started an outline for Agnes’ story.
You see, the story that started the whole thing was supposed to have kind of a mystery attached to it. But in attempting to write more of the story, I couldn’t figure out what the mystery was. I thought the story was going to be a young woman’s search for her mother, but then there was this whole weird thing about Agnes disappearing again.
To be honest, I didn’t like it. It didn’t make any sense. Then there was the thing with the mysterious postcard, and I just started confusing myself.
Each section was interesting, but the whole story was not coming together. I even wrote several sections that I did not post to the blog (what? I don’t want to give away the whole thing…), and it just didn’t mesh.
I read Brianna’s post about deconstructing her novel, Girl Seeks Place, and I realized what I needed to do.
I’m starting an outline.
I’ve already spent some time on it, and I feel like I’m getting more of a story together. I’m taking it back to where I meant it to go – the story of a young woman searching for her mother.
This means that a lot of what I’ve written is going into the trash (and by trash, I mean I’ll still save it because – hey I can’t just get rid of anything!). Some of the events that have happened will be altered. Dramatically.
It’s all a part of the process.
And, to tell you the truth, I’m getting a kick out of it!
P.S. I finally named the story. I mean, maybe it will change, but for now? Finding Agnes. What do you think?