See “It’s That Time Again” (post before this) before reading this post.
In reconsidering the plot for my next novel, I’ve decided which plot points I would like to change the most. I’m not a huge fan of the location being Hawaii or the lawyer spending his time surfing. I think a different location and hobby would greatly improve this upcoming novel. I’m trying to decide on where a person would go on vacation and decide to drop their previous life. Would Florida be tangible enough? I want to pick a place I am more familiar with and can think of a more logical hobby for lawyer. Would writing be too stereotypical? Or maybe photography. Now THAT can definitely bring in some fun to the story. The only thing is that I am a fan of him becoming good friends with a young boy, a fatherly figure to the boy, almost in a Big Brother sense (not George Orwell, the community service sense). I don’t think photography would allow for that possibility. The only real possibility I can think of would be if he was photographing at a school or sports event. He could be doing something really lame like bowling, but I don’t think that would be entertaining enough for a novel. So I will continue to contemplate his hobby.
I’ve decided that he is going on vacation with his wife still, but I will bring the wife back into the story at some point. She will leave him in Florida, waiting last minute to board her plane until he never shows. She’ll go home for a week, give him his space, call him each week for a month, and fly out to try and bring him back home. She’ll discover he’s fallen in love with another woman, etc. So I think the wife could work.
Well, for now, that’s what’s new with the progress of my novel outline.