What are my characters willing to sacrifice for each other...
This is the question that has plagued me since yesterday and I still haven't figured it out. I've printed off an article from Deb Hale's website on the topic to read and mull over and see if I can't come up with something.
I'm used to coming at this from a different angle. Usually I get my premise, my characters and their background. I'll do an outline of where the story will go then write a rough draft. By the end of the first draft, I know the characters well enough to be able to determine better the GMC, Sacrifice, etc. But because I have to have a synopsis to go with my first chapter for the editor, I have to do all of this without thoroughly knowing my characters yet. I haven't spent a couple months writing their story and seeing where they take me. Because, although I am definitely a plotter, the characters often still take me in unexpected directions and I discover as I go.
So this has been a struggle. And one I wouldn't even mind if I didn't feel under a time crunch to pull it off. I'm making progress, but the first chapter I have now will probably be pushed back to become the second or third chapter, so the actual first chapter still has to be written.
And I still have no idea what my characters are willing to give up for each other.
In other, unrelated news, I'm happy to report that Maxx has finally gotten her sh** together after constant nagging on my part and updated her blog. So if you need a good laugh (and who doesn't), check it out as she offers up her opinions on a certain type of shoewear that shall remain nameless.