Having started Nano without a plan whatsoever, I think it behooves me to think about what I’m writing. Who-what-when-where-why.
Here are some thoughts:
Who – Characters: I have a kiddo (Sofia), her parents (Jennifer and Stephen), her great aunt, her cousin (Florecita), her grandmother, and one artist (Desiree).
What – Thematically: Announcements. Endings and beginnings. The ways in which we hear other people’s narratives. Photo albums, family stories, wedding and obits in the newspaper.
Where – Place: Santa Fe for sure, other places as well, where characters might intersect in a transient way.
When – Time: Present.
Why/ POV?: Inclined to give each character some first person with an omniscient lurking narrator. Did that make sense?
Okay. Right now, my characters are straight out of central casting – too much rushing, but it’s a start.
What makes the theme / plot move?
Who announces what?
Tia Josefa does not announce anything; just reads the announcements of others. She would, presumably, get news about la familia before everyone else because she is looking for it.
Sofia, in common with Josefa, is observant and wants to know. She would also be attuned to new announcements.
Jennifer and Stephen are both professional observers and burned out empaths. They are uncomfortable applying their professional skills to their personal relationships.
Jennifer is hispanic, from Espanola. She and Stephen met in college (Santa Cruz) and settled in Santa Fe to start a business together. Mediation, counselling and conflict resolution. Jennifer leaves to become a sand box therapist for children. Stephen has a side interest in sculpture, metal work arts.
Desiree is a semi transient artist with a quick eye and some street sense. I need to know more about her, but I know she plays with texture and light, as an artist. Tends to be poor; not always, though.
That’s all for now, guys. I know it’ll be brutal for me to keep up with the numbers I need to generate, but I’m just back to work today (had the flu) and at least I’m thinking it through a little.
I haven’t put any little creatures in yet. That is an oversight.
I’ll be back later. I anticipate doing the bulk of my writing over the weekends. Because I work too much. That’s why.