As a pantser I’m always looking for new ways to write my stories and keep my ideas fresh but on track. I think I like storyboarding. It gives me a chance to plan my story without over doing it. How do you write? Do you plot, plan, pants your way through? I usually fast draft which works a lot like an outline but it’s also my first draft. I go back through it and add, move, fill in until the story is what I want it to be. But even as a self-proclaimed pantser, I have learned the importance of making a few plans. With my holiday story, I decided instead of writing out all the details I’d try something different. I’ve done some of this before but this is my first complete view of my story in this form. What do you think?
Maddie doesn’t have time for men, especially not one named Cole Harrell. Men are what got her in this trouble to start with. Between her cheating ex, her conniving cameraman and Cole’s brother, Trent…she’d had her fill of men and so has her sister. Even if he does look good in a beard and a tool belt, she is not interested in any one with last name Harrell.
Getting to know my main characters, what makes them tick, how they think. It’s not just about how they look but who they are, their pasts, their families, all their baggage.
The immediate conflict: damage to the inn caused by the hurricane. Immediate affect: until the inn is repaired Maddie’s aunt is homeless and without income. It also affects the economy of the community of Teach’s Island.
The hurricane is devastating and overwhelming. The islanders are a tough lot but they just need someone to guide them, get them started. Maddie tries but they associate her with the child she once was and the woman on the YouTube video whose boyfriend was getting his jollies with the realtor while she was trying to show off their renovation via live video.
Cole’s encouragement is what sparked 3Ms. Maddie’s All-Female Construction Crew. He is also the one who suggested they video their reconstruction of the inn. Slowly Maddie begins to get her courage and confidence back.
Trent finds out about Cole’s work on the island and stirs up trouble. Maddie thinks Cole told his brother about the renovation and tells him she no longer needs him. The town turns against Maddie believing Cole was the brains behind the rebuild, she blames him for that also. She and her sisters go back to finish the inn to prove the town wrong.
Cole returns to find the island all dressed up for the holidays. Maddie did it, she got the inn ready in time for the Christmas season and saved the island. They’re not quite done, she needs his help to finish the project.
They celebrate the first of the holidays with guests and neighbor with a “Giving Tuesday” neighborhood feast?
December Daily Holidays and Observances
- December 1: Rosa Parks Day, World AIDS Day, Eat a Red Apple Day, National Pie Day, Giving Tuesday* (Tuesday after Thanksgiving)
- December 2: Special Education Day, National Mutt Day
- December 3: Make a Gift Day, National Roof Over Your Head Day, Let’s Hug Day, National Apple Pie Day
- December 4: Santa’s List Day, National Cookie Day, Wildlife Conservation Day
- December 5: Repeal Day, International Volunteer Day, National Communicate With Your Kids Day
- December 6: Mitten Tree Day, National Microwave Oven Day, Coats & Toys for Kids Day* (first Saturday), National Gazpacho Day
- December 7: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Letter Writing Day, International Civil Aviation Day, National Cotton Candy Day, Walt Disney Day* (first Monday)
- December 8: Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day, National Brownie Day, National Christmas Tree Day
- December 9: Christmas Card Day, National Pastry Day
- December 10: Human Rights Day, Nobel Prize Day, First Night of Hanukkah* (varies, sometimes in November), Dewey Decimal System Day, National Lager Day
- December 11: First Day of Hanukkah* (varies, sometimes in November), National App Day
- December 12: National Poinsettia Day, Gingerbread House Day, National Ding-a-Ling Day
- December 13: National Violin Day, Ice Cream Day, International Children’s Day* (second Sunday), National Horse Day, World Choral Day* (second Sunday), National Cocoa Day
- December 14: Roast Chestnuts Day
- December 15: Bill of Rights Day, National Cupcake Day, International Tea Day
- December 16: Boston Tea Party Day, National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
- December 17: Wright Brothers’ First Flight Anniversary, National Maple Syrup Day
- December 18: Bake Cookies Day, National Twin Day, National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day* (third Friday)
- December 19: Look for an Evergreen Day, National Oatmeal Muffin Day, Holly Day
- December 20: Go Caroling Day, Games Day, National Sangria Day, National Wreaths Across America Day* (third Saturday)
- December 21: First Day of Winter/Winter Solstice* (date varies), Crossword Puzzle Day, Humbug Day, Look on the Bright Side Day, National Flashlight Day, National Hamburger Day, Forefathers’ Day, Don’t Make Your Bed Day* (first day of Winter), National Short Story Day* (first day of Winter)
- December 22: National Date Nut Bread Day
- December 23: Festivus, National Roots Day, National Pfeffernüsse Day
- December 24: Christmas Eve, National Egg Nog Day, National Chocolate Candy Day
- December 25: Christmas Day, National Pumpkin Pie Day
- December 26: National Whiners Day, Boxing Day, National Candy Cane Day
- December 27: National Fruitcake Day, Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day
- December 28: National Card Playing Day
- December 29: Tick Tock Day
- December 30: Bacon Day
- December 31: New Year’s Eve, Make Up Your Mind Day
from The Spruce