I did the next step on Misfortune of Vision (Book 4 of The Druid’s Brooch Series).
I wrote up my scene list with point of view, timeline and places. First were the scenes, then I placed them via a map. Then I researched the dates the background historical events took place, to make sure I anchored my pivotal scenes around these events. I also had to make sure the dates worked with the places (i.e., if I’m in Ballynoe one day, I can’t be in Emain Macha the next because my main character is a 65 year old grandmother and can’t travel 50 miles in a day! Maybe three days, even with a fresh horse). The whole book will take place during a month, From mid-January to mid-February, 1177 CE.
I have 52 scenes listed for now. That’s a bit light for me, but I’m sure it will change as I start writing. I’ll add scenes, combine them, expand the basic plot. It’s SO much easier writing a scene list with a good 3-page synopsis to work from. One novel I wrote (The Enchanted Swans) I added eight scenes right in the middle! It needed to be done. It was such a pivotal event that it needed much more treatment than I had originally planned. I think that’s the largest deviation I’ve done from my initial plan, but sometimes you have to do what’s right for the story.
I have two points of view in this novel. The Main Character (Orla) and her adult grandson (Declan). I listed all of her scenes first, then all of his. I then interspersed them appropriately for how it made the most sense. And for maximum tension.
Especially for when he gets offered as sacrifice to the Norse Gods. Mwhahahah!
And I have a gift for my patient readers at the end. This is the first book in the series where we get a peek INTO the world of the Faeries. In the end, someone actually travels there and sees what’s to be their home for the rest of their days. So that will be fun to describe! Each subsequent book will take place more and more inside the Faerie world.
This step took me only about an hour and a half to do. However, if I hadn’t had my synopsis and character list already set, I have no idea how long it would be. Much longer.
My next step will be to actually, finally, start writing the story. I start with Chapter I, page I. I’ve written the first couple of lines, as I dreamt of them the other night. That’s when I knew I needed to start writing the book soon, or the scenes would start bubbling up in my mind and disperse before I got them all down!