My new WIP is adventure based.
I tend to write more character driven novels.
I am trying mightily to combine strong characters with some fun middle-grade adventure. It is a tall order for me, but I am determined to give it my best.
I have some fantastic ideas brewing
side note: have you ever had the kind of idea where you don't dare telling anyone because you think the concept is so fresh? Well, a tiny part of my story is that way and it is exciting to have something that I don't think is in very many novels going on in the life of my characters.
Anyway - my problem comes in on the adventure side.
I am compiling a list of elements of a good adventure story.
So far, I have:
unanswered questions about a character
desperate plans born out of panic/fear
last second escapes
suspects arriving when he/she is not expected
mystery elements : footsteps, darkness, doorknob turning
What more can we add to the list? Can you think of any elements that can be incorporated into a fun adventure story? Would you be willing to offer up some suggestions to a struggling writer like myself? No specifics, mind you....just basic elements.
I may or may not use them all -- but I'm thinking it would help to have some classic scenarios that I can incorporate into my specific storyline. And, maybe a few of you out there can benefit from what others add as well.
Could anyone help me?
ALSO: This weekend, I am going to the Bouchercon Mystery Writers Conference in Indianapolis. Anyone else out there going to be attending? Let me know if you are!