Site icon S L Hollister, author

Story Boarding

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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

from The Spruce

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