The 5 W’s. #Molly #GraphicNovel #Process

Working on Molly.

Keep at it.

Revise manuscript.

Organize the collected research.


Walk around the lagoon.  Think think think.  Massage the timeline.

Spend hours in the coffee shop.  Keep massaging that timeline.

Rewrite introduction.

Add it to the private presentation site.

Work on treatment and elevator pitch.

Review the theme of the month: committed choice.

Spend hours, again, with a old, now cold, cup of coffee , crowded onto a small shared table, on the 5 W’s.

Add them to the private presentation site.

Pull some angel cards: communication, patience.

Revise revise revise.

Elevator pitch, elevator pitch.

 

WHO?

This book is a matter of identity– the investigation into the short and tragic life of Molly O’Dwyer and the parallel search for the identity two unidentified brothers whose lives ended tragically and maliciously at the hands of an unidentified subject.  

WHAT?

The filicide of two unidentified brothers.

WHEN?

1947.

WHERE?

Stanley Park.

WHY?

Family secrets.

HOW?

The physical and circumstantial evidence suggests the unfolding events of the crime.

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Braid together the time lines.  Make them make sense left to right, top to bottom.

Act 1, the Intrigue– in which a decision is made, skeletons are discovered and an autopsy is conducted.

Act 2, the Rising Action– in which an outing begins, DNA results come in and a child is born.

Act 3, the Suspense– in which the forest is entered, evidence is examined and innocence is lost.

Act 4, the Falling Action– in which a crime is committed, an Aha! moment presents itself and time runs out.

Act 5, the Resolution– in which a scene is fled, an eyewitness comes forward and the truth is revealed.

  TIMELINE 1

HOW?

TIMELINE 2

WHAT?

TIMELINE 3

WHY?

ACT 1

INTRIGUE:

IN WHICH,

A DECISION IS MADE; SKELETONS ARE DISCOVERED; AND AN AUTOPSY IS CONDUCTED.
ACT 2

RISING ACTION:

IN WHICH,

AN OUTING BEGINS; DNA RESULTS COME IN; AND A CHILD IS BORN.
ACT 3

SUSPENSE:

IN WHICH,

THE FOREST IS ENTERED; EVIDENCE IS EXAMINED; AND INNOCENCE IS LOST.
ACT 4

FALLING ACTION:

IN WHICH,

A CRIME IS COMMITTED; AN AHA! MOMENT PRESENTS ITSELF; AND TIME RUNS OUT.
ACT 5

RESOLUTION:

IN WHICH,

A SCENE IS FLED; AN EYEWITNESS COMES FORWARD; AND TRUTH IS REVEALED.

BRAID THEORY

Just set one day’s work in front of the last day’s work. That’s the way it comes out. And that’s the only way it does. – John Steinbeck

Show your work.” – Austin Kleon

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