Evolution of an Idea, part three

(Not sure what’s going on?  You might want to start with part one.)

The mousy young woman glared silently at him from across the lecture hall, glasses concealing the anger in her vivid green eyes.  He was ruining her life and he didn’t even know her.

When you answer the right question, it’s like a key turns that unlocks the story.  I finally had an interesting idea to answer the question from yesterday, and here’s what came from that answer:

That was the point, after all.  She had moved halfway across the country to this university in the middle of nowhere precisely because no one knew her here.  She wouldn’t get the odd, sympathetic looks of everyone in her hometown.  She was anonymous, just another face, just another student.

And then this diplomat’s son had to choose the same school, and now she was facing a background check.  Of course, they couldn’t screen everyone in every class, but she had been assigned to the same lab section as the kid.  That class they were screening, and she was stuck.  Soon her secret would come out.

This needs a little revision, of course.  The purpose of this exercise is to share my process as it happens, so we’ll have to come back and do some tweaks later.  For now we have a new question to answer: what’s she hiding?


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. deshipley
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 17:57:49

    Could be a promising direction… ^^


  2. YerMom
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 06:36:30

    Once again I am in awe of how your mind works. Can’t wait to hear more:)


  3. Kate Katharina
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 08:49:22

    These posts are really interesting! I’ve always wondered how ideas develop in other people’s heads! Thanks 🙂


  4. Kate Katharina
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 08:49:58

    Also – when you were writing your novels, did you take a similar intital approach?


    • Leigh Townsend
      Apr 11, 2013 @ 16:28:55

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the posts! Sometimes my novels work this way; I often find myself working on specific scenes in this fashion. The bigger picture stuff often starts with a conversation between characters, although occasionally I get a single image or feeling instead. (Unexpected started with a conversation between the main characters, but Butterflies started with an image.)


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