I am in the pre-outline phase of my first book, The World BEYOND The Toy Box (working title). That means I am creating a synopsis of the book highlighting all the critical "high moments" of the story so that I can create an outline that aims for those "mountain peaks". And let me tell you something: it ain't as easy as it sounds!
KM Weiland, one of my favorite story structure gurus, has a section on her website, helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com, that consists of a data base of hundreds of books and movies, all broken down into these "mountain peak" moments. I have relied on her expertise to try to craft my own "high moments" by following her examples. I specifically focused on three movies, Wreck-it Ralph, Zootopia, and Jungle Book, because they are somewhat similar in story plot to my book. But finding these "high moments" is harder than it looks. That's why so many movies are so forgettable. They haven't mastered the art of crafting "high moments". I hope I can!
Also, as I've journey forward this past month, I've discovered another amazing author with an incredible website. Her name is Kristen Kieffer and her website is well-storied.com. The magnitude of material on her site is mind-blowing! I have gobbled up so much delicious information off her website that I'm afraid I might rightly be accused of gluttony!
I've contacted Kristen about my writing journey and have found her to be an amazing kindred spirit. She has already been very helpful to me. Please check out her website!
I'll check in again soon. Back to the book!!