Maps alone are not enough. Researching the 1919 timeline of Between Before and After meant traveling to Brooklyn and walking through the neighborhoods where my characters lived and worked and played. Maps help, but alone they’re not enough. I needed to see the light in autumn at Fort Greene Park, smell the breeze from the East River and imagine Elaine passing the Rockwood Bakery on her way to the market. I needed to imagine her coming home to her family’s flat on Steuben St.
I had such a wonderful time talking to writers at the BARN about strengthening the emotional core of their stories. As promised, here's a link to a plot chart adapted from Michael Hague. Remember that the key to the mid-point isn't the event, but the protagonist's response to the event. It must feel like a death! Thanks for being such great companions on the writing journey!