The Skeleton Of A Story Revealed


When I find myself stuck on a plot point, I find taking a walk helps. Something about the pine trees and clean air helps me focus, or blows the cobwebs out maybe. Either way…

I’ve decided with the cold weather coming on, and the accompanying grey skies, I’m not going to be wanting to walk as often. I have a hard enough time with seasonal affective disorder, I don’t want writer’s block on top of that! So I’m taking a page from the legendary Sue Grafton, and starting a story journal.

I want to use the journal as a way to share bits of my writing process, giving some insight into how I name my characters or locales for example. Working out ‘get to know you’ interviews with both protagonists and antagonists should be both enlightening and fun, and the odd foray into underlying themes might be entertaining. Maybe even use the space to hammer on potential titles until I find one that feels right. I hope I can, in the journal pages, work out plot points and character motivations, and maybe even create some alternative science that doesn’t sound like I got it from a Cracker Jack box. In other words, reveal the skeleton of my fiction. I’m hoping to give my blog readers insight into my fictional world, and if I can work out enough of a plot, perhaps even come up with a sequel or two within the ‘Infinite Worlds’ ‘verse as well.

‘Infinite Worlds’ is a sequel to ‘If It’s Easy’, and to ensure continuity, this morning (while it was still dark) I re-read ‘IIE’ (If It’s Easy), making note of certain details I already know I’ll need to carry over into future books. Devi’s multiverse transporter, for example. Good thing I did. I had changed the description of it too much in chapter five of ‘Infinite Worlds’. But as I was watching the supermoon through the window, I got the idea to have 3 multiverse transporters. Devi has one, and she’s unaware of the others, but the more I thought about it, the more I loved the idea. There is so much potential to the idea, it wouldn’t leave me alone.

So, where am I today in ‘Infinite Worlds’?

Devi & Coriander have found themselves in Ottawa at the (bungled) request of the Minister of Space. To serve his own political machinations, he needs them. See, there’s an asteroid headed for Earth, (there really is, Bennu, and it’s what gave me the initial crumb of the story), and humanity needs to find as many ways to get as many of us off Earth as possible. So the Minister gets a scientific team together and under a top secret umbrella, eventually another world is found. Through wondrous tech, which I go into in the book, a way to that world is found. The scientific team heads off to scout the new world that they’ve named Terra Germinus. But they miss their expected return date.

Because the government knows everything, the Minister of Space knows Devi has the skill set and fortitude required to go and find the initial expedition. He sends two people to retrieve her. Confusion and ass-kicking ensues, and eventually Devi and Coriander go off to Ottawa to meet with Minister Erikson.

I don’t want to give all the fun away, so I’ll skip over a lot here.

Suffice it to say, the girls have a few allies that each contribute what they can to aid in retrieving the expedition. Coriander (who prefers to be called Cori by everyone but Devi) says the expedition and their rescue is the worst kept secret she’s ever heard. It may be the worst kept secret in all of Ottawa.

As I write, they are only a few days away from leaving for Terra Germinus (which will have its own surprises in store), with a surly cartographer and a security specialist in tow. They’re going to get supplies for the trip and then they can be off. I have lots of action in store for them, interspersed with a healthy dose of political intrigue back on Earth that will eventually affect Devi, Coriander and a few other characters in future books. (I can see enough plotlines, drama and action for at least 3 books in this series)

I don’t think I’m going to succeed in winning NaNoWriMo with 50,000 words, but the whole idea has been useful to me, so it wasn’t a waste! Every day I find myself with more enthusiasm for the project…I just hope it finds readers when it’s done. I think when the day comes that I can declare it (IW) published, I’ll put If It’s Easy on permafree status. No, I won’t get rich, but as a reader, I enjoy getting hooked into a series with a freebie. Maybe someone else will too.


I’d love to hear what you think about what I’ve written. Share your thoughts in the comments!

4 thoughts on “The Skeleton Of A Story Revealed

  1. I think a journal is a great idea, a separate page for each character with notes on how they relate to each other, more notes on where and how they live and work. I tried something similar when one of my Words for Wednesday stories developed into several chapters, but I had my notes on pages ripped from quite a few exercise books and now they’re all over the place. A dedicated exercise book sounds like it might help me, at least with character development. Plots are an entirely different story. I lose the plot almost as much as I do in real life (*~*)

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    • River, I use a three ring binder as my ‘story bible’, that way I can add or remove as I want, and organize it all even further with sections, dividers and the like. I highly recommend it!


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