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I've been listening to a ton of music, and brainstorming like a mad woman - with the help of my grad school CP Jenn. She's a game designer, and she's miraculous with plot ideas and character arcs. She helped me make the connection between a seemingly innocuous character in the first book and a major villain in the rest of the series, which is a really big deal. A series always seems easier to manage when more than one headspace is host to it. Without her input I'd probably still be dragging along a character who was nothing more than a plot device.
Writers can get tunnel vision sometimes and I know I did over my first novel. Thanks to Jenn, I have a greater sense of freedom with what I can really do with the series (anything I want!) and what characters I can use to fulfill which purpose. The plot has gotten a lot deeper and more complicated than it was before I talked to her.
I went from feeling like this with my story:
to feeling like this:
So, that's my highlight for this Good Fridays post: my CP Jenn. She doesn't have a blog, but she does have a Deviantart Gallery.
Has your plot ever been saved by a brilliant creative partner?