HE WROTE: Initiating Event
We had a great initiating event. At least inside the confines of my mind. Then we try to write it and it doesn't look so great.
Many things sound and look great inside the confines of my head. Then there's reality.
The initiating event isn't the opening scene of the book: it's the event that causes the opening of the book. Which is also different from the backstory of the problem. In Agnes the problem actually happened over thirty years ago. We needed an initiating event to make the problem that has been sleeping that long become a problem in the here and now for our current characters.
I feel better. Because I shipped the master of the manuscript back to Miss Jennifer. Of course, she's coming down here on Tuesday night for our publicity meeting and media training. Then we drive down to Melbourne, Florida on Friday for a conference. By the end of the week we should have a good feel for at least Acts One and Two of Agnes. Which hopefully will be written by the we do our next conference together in San Francisco in Mid-February. Then we can outline Act Three. Hopefully. Maybe. Sigh.