Ideas, notes, and other miscellaneous things.
|DAY FIVE OF MY WRITE CHAIN
NaNoWriMo prep starts tomorrow.
Oct. 01:Assignment - Plot: What If? ▼
"Every good story starts with a 'what if'. What if a young boy discovers he's a wizard? What if a girl discovers a world hidden inside her wardrobe? What if there was a cemetery where pets came back to life if they were buried there? What if dinosaurs were real again?
In this exercise, imagine your story and your main character(s). Who is(are) the character(s)? Why do we care about them? What happens to them, and why is it a problem? (If it's not a problem, it's just life, not a story. *Wink*)
Spend at least 15 minutes imagining all the possibilities in your story. Make a list of every possible 'what if' you can think of. Nothing is off-limits here - let your brain go."
I already have my novel idea started.
My What if: What if a dead body is found in a house that is for sale and there are few clues at the scene and no immediate suspects or motives?
My main character is Detective Boyd Smith "Smitty". His sidekick is his partner, Daryl Onacona "White Owl". Daryl admires Smitty and Smitty sees Daryl as a son.
Smitty is a veteran detective who is a workaholic. His wife of 37 years has just left him, taking his 16-year-old son with her. We care about Smitty because he is a good person. He tries to do the right thing and believes in justice. He is trying to push back his anxiety over his wife and son leaving while trying to concentrate on and solve the murder.
Daryl is in love (infatuated) with the secretary but is too shy to ask her out even though it is obvious she is also infatuated with Daryl.
The problem is the crime scene leaves no clues. The doors and windows are all locked from inside. There are hundreds of fingerprints because the house has been for sale. The owner didn't live there, so why was he staying in the house? It snowed heavily the last 24 hours and any outside prints are gone. He has few suspects. The victim is in the middle of a contentious divorce. His future ex has been visiting her parents for the last week and even though she has a motive, she doesn't have the opportunity.