I’ve been kicking around a notion that needed a reason in one of the subplots. Came up with the reason on vacation; now to comb it back through the bits where it would have been, had I hit on it earlier.
This touches on the question of outlining vs. “pantsing” in a way, except I don’t think it makes any difference in this case. I can’t conceive of any detailed outlining procedure that would have brought me to the “aha” moment any sooner.
The underlying fact is that there’s only so much structural work I can do on a project before I *must* start setting down actual prose. Even if it’s only a character sketch (in my case, a scene involving the character that may or may not ever see the light of day) I need the crocodile to look like itself in order to keep me interested.
Perhaps I’m too interested in the brushstrokes…but I do have the picture in my head the whole time. It just shifts around a bit as I go.
In the meantime, scenery: