Preparing for Nanowrimo 2014 Part 2

5 Acts 4 Characters 1 SynopsisIt’s been about a week since my last post on this. Things have been hectic around the Miller house, but we’re back in action and getting ready to roll

5. Finding Your Next Characters

Start 1:08 pm End 1:10 pm  Total Time: 2 minutes

After you’ve completed steps 1-4, it’s time to comb through what you’ve written for additional characters and make a list of them. Then, you’ll create a character overview for each of the new characters you’ve got.
 


6.  The Mentor

Start 1:10 pm          End:24 pm  Total Time: 14 minutes

A Court Ordered Therapist

Name: Gerald Henry MacIntyre

 

Goal: To help the broken find healing

Motivation: To serve Christ through serving others

Conflict: Quite often the broken reject healing because they don’t feel they deserve it.

Epiphany: Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t real.

Storyline: A Christian therapist confronts his spiritual pride while treating a suicidal atheist.

 

Act I. A Christian therapist is called to the hospital to consult about an atheist whose suicide attempt failed.

Act II. A Christian therapist meets the suicidal atheist and, assuming it is her guilt leading her to see visions of her deceased husband, he encourages her to go on a journey to confront her past.

Act III. A Christian therapist continues guiding her on her journey, and is pleased when she reports that things are going well.

Act IV. A Christian therapist receives a frantic call from the suicidal atheist reporting the ghost she saw and the events that triggered it, and he tries to encourage her to confront the ghost hoping she’ll overcome it.

Act V. As his patient is being careflighted to a nearby hospital to treat life-threatening injuries, A Christian therapist is awakened by the ghost of her deceased husband who asks him to activate a prayer chain for her.
 


7. The Gatekeeper

Start 1:28 pm           End 1:47 pm      Total Time: 27 minutes

Her husband’s childhood best friend

Name: Brandon Alexander Graham

 

Goal: To win the heart of the woman he loves

Motivation: He can’t imagine his life without her.

Conflict: She’s haunted by the ghost of her deceased husband

Epiphany: The ghost isn’t the problem, it’s her refusal to confront the ghost that’s causing the problems.

Storyline: A school teacher forms an unlikely alliance with the ghost of his childhood best friend after falling for his widow.

 

Act I. A school teacher learns about the death of his childhood best friend.

Act II. He decides to take a trip back home after his fiancée breaks off their engagement unexpectedly.

Act III. He meets a beautiful woman at a bar on the outskirts of town and is smitten by her, but forgets to get her contact information.

Act IV. He decides to stop by the neighborhood where he and his childhood best friend grew up and reconnects with the beautiful woman, but her guilt over his best friend’s death causes her to leave town.

Act V. His heart wounded by her rejection and his own misgivings, he’s tempted to let her go until he’s awakened in the middle of the night by his best friend’s ghost and rushes to the hospital where she lies fighting for her life after a car accident.
 


8. The Single Page Synopsis Rough Draft

Start 2:42 pm             End 3:21 pm     Total Time: 39 minutes

A grieving widow, Katie Martin, attempts suicide after months of being haunted by visions of her deceased husband. Her husband, Michael, fights to keep her alive from beyond the grave and Katie wakes in a hospital. The doctors call in a Christian therapist, Gerald McIntyre, to consult about Katie’s case.  As a condition of her release, Katie is ordered to begin attending court mandated therapy.  Meanwhile, Michael’s childhood best friend, Brandon, receives the news about Michael’s death.

 

Frustrated by his failures to break through to Katie, Michael reaches out to Gerald instead. After a few months of seeing Gerald, she admits to him that she’s being haunted by the ghost of her dead husband. Hoping to help her overcome the guilt he assumes is the cause of her hauntings, he encourages her to go on a journey to confront her past. Brandon decides to take a trip back home after his fiancée breaks off their engagement unexpectedly.

 

Katie reluctantly agrees and sets out on her journey. Knowing where her journey will lead, Michael reaches out to his friends for help.  Gerald continues to guide Katy during her journey, and is pleased when she reports that she’s no longer seeing the ghost and that she’s feeling better. Brandon meets Katie at a bar on the outskirts of his hometown and is smitten by her, but forgets to get her contact information before they part ways for the evening.

 

Brandon decides to stop by the neighborhood where he and Michael grew up and runs into Katie. She finds herself falling in love with Brandon as he helps her to navigate the town, but her husband’s ghost appears again.  Gerald receives a frantic call from Katie who tells him about her meeting with Brandon and seeing Michael’s ghost again. Gerald encourages her to confront the ghost, hoping she’ll overcome it, but Katie decides to leave town instead. Disappointed, Michael realizes that it will take drastic measures to help her let go.

 

As Katie is heading out of town, her car is t-boned by a drunken driver. His heart broken by Katie’s rejection, Brandon decides to let her go. That night, Michael appears to Brandon and urges him to rush to the hospital where she lies fighting for her life. Michael also appears to Gerald and pleads with him to activate a prayer chain on Katie’s behalf. While Brandon and Gerald work to help Katie, Michael leads her on a spiritual journey toward forgiveness and healing.
 


Total Writing Time Spent Today: 1 hour 22 minutes.