Ok, maybe not plotted exactly, but I had a cool new idea for the beginning that made more sense to me. I started out with the characters in their natural environment. Which is fine. But at that time I had really no real direction. I just started writing, and kept writing, up until now.
Today I did a little bit of a rethink on it. Who were the real villains? What’s the true nature of their situation? Could they be totally mind-controlled to the point where they have no memory whatsoever of their experiences as Sentinels? Who are they outside of the Globe?
And so on.
So, now I have a clearer direction, and some answers to those questions. I wrote out as much as I could, in broad strokes — I’m saving the details for my muse. It’s pretty much the same as before, with a few slight changes. Nothing that requires any real rewriting. I will, however, attempt to write that crucial first scene tonight.
It feels right, you know? Like perhaps my muse has been keeping this from me, but has been throwing me hints all along. And I finally got it, but it feels as if I knew this all along. Pretty cool, this muse stuff.
So that’s the lowdown on Requiem. Very excited.
I also want to drop off a few miscellaneous thoughts on What Lies Beneath, one of my more active plot bunnies. While perusing the MSN Peculiar Postings today (I regularly mine them for story ideas), I found one article about someone who’d drowned trying to retrieve something from the river –I can’t really remember the deets. But, naturally, this took my mind in some dangerously twisted directions. Drowning. Pominently figured. Maybe even as the main conflict. Drowning someone, or someones. Yeah, I like that.
Second — a man who’d dug his own “underground bunker” in which he’s been living in for 6 years. So, we have an underground living area, a small one, and we’ll just say for excitement sake, underwater. Hmmmm. I can hear the wheels turning….
Here’s where I am applying what I read in Holly Lisle’s Create a Plot Clinic. There’s a section in there about taking stuff that strikes you — photographs, newspaper articles, etc, and using them in your plots. I was going to do this with my Cosmo magazines, but I was derailed by the peculiar postings. I’ve found alot of cool stuff in there. Anyhoo, these two ideas are nebulous, but I’ll put the muse to work on them. Maybe they will turn out to be really cool.