polymath wrote:"No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy." — Field Marshall Helmuth Carl Bernard von Moltke
"According as circumstances are favorable, one should modify one's plans." — Sun Tzu, The Art of War
It's okay to deviate from an outline. It's especially important not to follow one off a cliff. — Paraphrase of C.J. Cherryh's Law: "No rule should be followed off a cliff."
washingtonwriter1968 wrote: In my WIP ...
On my first Chapter I have MC meeting the protagonist and the antagonist at the table. She takes an immediate dislike to my protagonist.( don't worry I intend to fix this first off in second Chapter... It's the whole first impressions are not always accurate formula....anyway this isn't my point)
... So she meets them during lunch period and it is a powerful scene. Problem is I have written on my outline that she has P.E in first Class with my Protagonist, Biology with Antagonist in second period..... and after lunch she has Spanish with Protagonist during 5th period, and last class with Antagonist.
Here is the rub... with what I already have written for this huge scene... she hasn't even met these guys until lunch, and I totally skip over her having class next period with this guy she had gotten Pi**ed off at during lunch [ not likely] So I tried to insert a scene with her and my protagonist You know acknowledging that he was there but purposely ignoring him.
Question: Why is your main character NOT your protaganist? Normally those two titles are synonymous. Do you just mean to say who you're calling your main character (female) is the protaganist (the person whom we follow throughout the narrative, through whose eyes we view the story) and the one you're calling the protaganist (male) is a love interest or other companion to the main character? It's okay to have two protaganists, as long as we have one whom we follow more closely. The confusion of titles is really throwing me for a loop.
For instance: "I spent the entire walk home fuming over Georgebob. I couldn't believe he'd said that at lunch, and I couldn't even bring myself to acknowledge him in Biology later in the afternoon. His comments had rankled me, and I was still in a bad mood when I got home. My mom noticed immediately."
washingtonwriter1968 wrote:Sanderling, I could Kiss you but you may get offended so instead I will say thanks!!!!!
I have the perfect opportunity right before she enters the final period. Doing so would automatically heighten tension for my reader as she is about to see the second boy and show her obvious attraction for him! Of course she would be thinking of the protagonist as he was just in class with him.
As for the earlier classes It would be an easy fix; with both boys just getting into town they were late the first day..... This could work let me stew on it a while ,to work out the particulars. Thanks! maybe I just needed someone outside the problem to see how easy with actually was to fix!
washingtonwriter1968 wrote:Poly you have helped me define things so much. Yes she is the one changing but it is so much bigger. She believes that the world can be rationalized placed in order and made to stay there. In essence, these two boys come into her life dump out all her boxes and mix them around. Now she finds none of her boxes working anymore and she has to craft whole new boxes. While the opposing forces = every time she starts to place these boys in a box,they blow away her box she is currently working on.
Without outright saying the book this is the general plot line.
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