I’m at a difficult point for laying out this story, because I feel like I want to terminate what I’m working on now for Act Two and back load four or five parts into Act Three. Which would be strange because Acts One and Two have consisted of three parts each, and I don’t want to make it feel as if Act Three is so much bigger than the others.
However, this is just planning, not the actual novel. I have to keep reminding myself that I did some major chances to A For Advanced after I started writing, including introducing the Three Act Structure, and moving/adding/removing parts, chapters, and scenes around as I went. I think I was several months into writing the first novel before I was confident I had it as I wanted it, and even then, most of the Kansas City chapter was modified not more than a few days before I started writing.
What do I have as of last night? This:
Chapters Fifteen and Sixteen are all about the holidays, and they could expand as I think about those times more. Chapter Fifteen is all about the kids being home, which we already know they are because of the preceding chapter. As I have it now, there are two discussions between the kids and their mothers, and then . . . well, it would seem that I may have the kids getting together in their dreams.
I was going over the “discussions” between Annie and Kerry and their mothers, and I came up with a sort of dynamic between them. It would seem that Annie’s mom has reasons up her sleeve for why she does some of the things she does with her daughter, and Kerry’s mom–well, that one is a little trickier to work out, because, deep down, I feel Kerry’s mom isn’t really conscious of why she does some of the stuff she does to her son, she just does them. The thing is, I know why she has such a conflict with Kerry, and I can’t talk about it in this novel–or even the next. It’s something that won’t come out until Kerry’s ready for his D Levels, at which point it should make sense. Should.
Then they come back, and Goodnight Vienna is something of a trick for me, because Kerry returns to Salem with Annie, and there is a possibility that Annie’s father will be there to see her off. Which means–does he get to finally meet the Boy of His Daughter’s Dreams? Or do I save that? I’m in a bit of a conflict here, and letting them meet sets up a scene much latter in life–not this book, nope, sorry, but in another–that would really press home something that Papa suspects.
And then something happens, because you don’t have a scene titled Telling Annie unless there was something to tell. I worked that scene out last night, and it hurts, it really does. Not for the reasons you may think, but . . . it does. Gotta go with me on this one.
Now to decide what to do tonight, because I’m way behind on my editing . . .