Today the Happiness Engineer from WordPress made me happier. He recommended a more suitable theme; helped me to get rid of a duplicated page; helped me to install a sidebar and some widgets; and made recommendations about making my site more visible. He also helped me to upload today’s featured image of my map of Codmanton, the town in my new book.
I also had an insight today as to how to develop my two principal characters. I’m still a bit cautious about how I can make it work. Without giving too much away, one of these two characters often teases the other about their faith. That character has, for some time, been having a crisis of faith in his heart and mind.
During a group meal, the atheist seizes an opportunity to throw a more barbed strike, but retracts it when she sees that it could cause more general offence. Nevertheless, I’m considering this as a portent of a more full blown row between the two, causing a rift that will need to be healed in a way that draws them closer.
My problem is that I still want this to be a fairly simple love story; I don’t want it to become a text on metaphysics or cosmology.
For the time being I think that I shall defer the dinner party chapter until I’ve had a go at developing the character of the faith character. I’ll see what I can do later today.
In the meantime, I’ve have made a lot of progress on my Excel timeline. It records character events – births, times of leaving school or university, starting work, marriages, retirements, divorces and deaths – from 1938 up to 2005 – the year in which the story of my characters begins. I need now to develop a separate week by week, day by day timeline for 2005 to establish the fixed and other events that will happen. So, for example, there are Sunday church services, weekly dances, regular events in the Library such as Reading Groups or Art classes. All of these will be opportunities for my characters to meet and take the plot on. Add, to these fixed events, the ad hoc happenings such as dinner parties or Dance Group outings and there should be a rich enough stage for relationship developments – and crises.