October 13, 2021 - I Found the Plot

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees.

Today I decided I should make the effort to find the notes I made when I was first planning this book. Since I was certain I’d already looked through the notebooks on my desk, I pulled each of the spiral-bound notebooks off my book shelf and went through them looking for my scribbles. I didn’t find anything. So back to my desk to try to recreate whatever it was.

Except first, I went through all the pages in the first notebook with writing on them and discovered what I had was there. I also discovered I didn’t have as much as I thought I did. I’d come up with a sort-of motive for each of my suspects, but not a strong motive. Except, of course, for the actual killer. I thought I’d better work harder on the other suspects.

I also decided that I needed to give my actual killer a second motive, one that was weaker than the one that prompted her to kill the victim, but not so weak that it would scream “This one!” Yeah, it’s all too common to give the killer either no motive known to the sleuth or something so weak that you can just tell the author is trying to point you away from them. I think I figured something out that will work.

I also took out my hand-drawn map of the village of Rainbow Ranch (okay, I went through three different versions I had stuck in a looseleaf) to refresh my memory and to see if I’d indicated where the setting for this new series was. I hadn’t, but I knew I had a description of Lilliana driving to it in one of the African Violet Club mysteries. Of course, it was in the last book I wrote, but I went through two before that looking for that description.

So I’ll have to put on my to-do list: Draw new map.

The other thing I’ve got my subconscious worrying on is the subplot. I think I have a great idea for one that will carry through several books, but I’m not too sure how to work it into the current book, much less the next few books in the series.

I’ll worry about that tomorrow.

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