I’m having trouble with my sequel to Do You Know the Monkey Man. I’m just not sure what the story’s about. Well, I sort of know what it’s about…I’m just not sure that what I have in mind is deep enough. I’m not seeing a whole lot of rising action and cause and effect in this plot (Ha! Who am I kidding? What plot???).

I’ve got a ton of character charts and plotting worksheets that I’ve been filling out, trying to figure things out. I also have a set of interview questions to help me get at what my story is really about. I’ve never actually interviewed one my characters before. But I was desperate.

It was an interesting exercise. I learned that T.J. wants something that I didn’t know she wanted before…It helped to learn that, but this story still isn’t quite “there.” There’s a big piece I’m missing. But I’m not sure what it is. I have a feeling it’s a secret T.J. is carrying around…but I don’t know what that secret is. She clammed up on me and isn’t talking anymore…

Interviewing characters helps…sometimes…

3 thoughts on “Interviewing characters helps…sometimes…

  • June 30, 2006 at 10:40 pm

    just keep going forward Dori


    You are great you are creative you have fortitude and YOU CAN DO IT!

  • July 3, 2006 at 3:14 am


    I think thatyou should make T.J’s secret that she had seen her dad fake her death and she acts like she likes him and doesn’t want to tell anybody the secret.


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