marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

bildungsroman for the birds

A bildungsroman has a lot looser weave in its plot than other stories.  Even if the heroine turns into a dove on occasion. . .

Except the episodes can't just demonstrate her devolopment.  They have to have some conflict in them.  Even something so simple as her discovering that she can turn into a dove. . .

Which is why a scene I hadn't put into the outline has her tumbling from a tree when she discovers how easily she can turn back to human.  (She knew, of course, that the perch would be inadequate for a girl, or would have known if she had thought about it rather than the obvious fact that she had turned into a bird, and boy, is it different from being a girl.)

But I'm going to have to devise more for when she's getting an education from the people who will discover her.  All the more in that they want to her to succeed and be happy.  And won't make too many assumptions about her from her background, so once she demonstrates she's better educated than expected, they will pass her to study profitably.

Of course, they are going to be a bit nervous when she mentions that the werewolves had hoped she would be one of the smart ones.
Tags: bildungsroman, conflict, idea development, plotting, world-building: aging and coming of age, world-building: schools

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