Didnâ€™t mean to let a few days lapse between posts. I did start this one yesterday and wanted to let it sit for a bit before publishing. Then got swamped with editing a document for a friend and am (once again) rushing to publish something. Such is life!â€¦ and now back to the post.
Iâ€™m committed to making at least a little bit of forward motion every day. Iâ€™m currently trying to get my outline together and am using the Novel Idea Summary Sheet as one of my tools, but I got hung up on setting â€“ not just â€œDragonfly Innâ€ type of setting, but the actual geographic location and time of year. Canâ€™t have my main character taking a Christmas Eve skinny dip in an unheated outdoor pool in Alaska, can I?
Initially, I wanted to write what I know best and place my main character in Arizona. After all, Iâ€™ve lived here my entire life. But Iâ€™m reconsidering because Arizona doesnâ€™t have that allure that Paris, London, or New York have. Not that I want to be formulaic, but Iâ€™m writing chick lit, and how much chick lit takes place in Arizona?
Although Iâ€™ve traveled a bit, I donâ€™t have a significant second location of which I know oodles about, unless you count the summer camp I worked at for eight weeks in Starrucca, Pennsylvania. I remember every little bit of that place. Next best would be London, which I know really well as a tourist but not as a resident.
So here I am, muddling through my latest obstacle. Itâ€™s good, though. I feel like Iâ€™m making progress.
The good news is Iâ€™ve come up with a very rough outline that details a few scenes.