I’ve spent the week reading books and trying to get a grip on the next novel . . . a work I’m tentatively calling THE FACE, though I’m not at all wild about that title. It’ll probably change.
I have the germ of an idea, of course, and I’m excited about it, but how best to tell the story?
One of the first things I do when beginning a project is pull out the book 20 MASTER PLOTS by Ronald Tobias. He has boiled most possible plots down to twenty, and a quick flip through the book usually helps me solidify my thinking. I know my plot when I see it, and Tobias is really good at differing between action plots or character plots.
In any case, I knew at once that THE FACE will be a “transformation” plot–a plot about the change in a character. THE AWAKENING was a transformation plot. What Aurora did in the story wasn’t nearly as important as the way she changed over the course of the novel.
So–I have my transformation plot guidelines, I have a good idea of what’s going to happen, and I have a LOT of reading to do. Oh, yes, and I did my plot skeleton. 🙂 But I’ll be working on that all the way through the writing.
So–what’s THE FACE about? Two seminal ideas: one, face transplants. Two, the fact that making a facial expression actually causes you to feel the expressed emotion.
I find those two keys fascinating. 🙂