Day 17: 1597
Day 18: 1781
Day 19: 2503
Day 20: 1741
Yesterday morning, I sat down with the worksheets and Lesson 1 of Holly Lisle’s How To Write a Series course. I purchased the course earlier this year, but haven’t really had a chance to go through it. This year’s NaNo wants to be a trilogy when all is said and done, and I have an idea of how I’d want to end the thing. A way to end the first book was still elusive, though. I still didn’t have much of a plot.
So I sat down to do what Holly calls a Sweet Spot Map. I kinda skipped over the personal one and went straight to doing a series specific map, sitting in the head of Sian, my main character. I pulled out my pens, and started working through the map, drawing my arrows and connections.
And the same few phrases kept coming up. Making myself safe. Being useful. Feeling safe. Safety. Secure protection. To help me feel safe. Free and Safe. Make myself safe. Fearing being out of control. Hating being out of control. Fearing being alone. Fearing being not needed.
I caught some of the connections halfway through doing the map, so when I was done, out came the pens and I drew long lines between all these phrases which I knew were interconnected, reaching a conclusion with my main character about how much she needed Control and Security in her life. I also found a connection for the main villain in the series and found a good connection between a prop (the glass ball that I mentioned a while back), Sian, and the main conflict in the story.
I learned a lot in the hour or so I spent on the Sweet Spot Map. I also did some work on the Story Core.
There’s a path and a plot here somewhere. I’m starting to get an idea of where I need to go and what I need to do to make this story tie up nicely at the end.
Ten days of NaNo remain. I’m still on track, and I think the fog is lifting enough so I can see where the track is going from here.