marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

plotting without the problem

So I sit down with an outline and some scenes and ponder.  I have the characters, I know who they are, and I know they find themselves alone in the space station with odd lights glowing places, and no one else around.

I even know they were outside the area of effect for the problem.

What I don't know is what the problem is.

Some issues with parallel universes and genetic engineering -- some of them incompatible with each other -- have suggested themselves, but I'm not sure which ones will work.

At least I do know that the station has scientific research with a military slant going on. . . better than nothing. . . .

and, of course, I start out with the heroes bewildered.  One advantage of not knowing is that you can fill in the ignorance and the possibilities better, from the inside.
Tags: conflict, idea development, outlining, plotting

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