We’re officially into the second quarter of the RWiR term & I thought it would be a great time to do a check in regarding my project: the ’70s mystery.
The goal is to have the book done by the end of the year and to make it easier for myself, I’ve broken the story into steps. In the past three months this is what I’ve done:
1) Figured out the story question.
That was easy enough: someone is killing Santa Clause.
2) Who will answer the question?
Jillian Jackson, reporter at an Edmonton newspaper (still debating the name of the paper).
3) What are her strengths?
She’s a go-getter, resourceful, stubborn…of course, these are also her weaknesses and will surely get her in trouble.
4) Who is her foil/antagonists?
I actually have three: Lucius Fontane, the detective in charge of the investigation, Don Ken a rival reporter, and of course, the murderer.
In her personal life, her antagonists are her family, who don’t understand the emphasis she puts on her job.
5) Who is her support?
Lucius (of course), Carole the receptionist, Roy her co-reporter, Vince the sports guy, Marge the arts & crafts lady, & Jean the food critic.
6) What is the plot?
I have the big points figured out…the investigation, how she embeds herself in it, the highs & lows, and the big showdown…I think some will be subject to change, though, as I get to know her better.
So, the big things are done, now: story question, plot, characters…now comes the fun part: writing.
I’m about 19,000 words in (and aiming for 50,000–though I suspect it might be a bit longer).