I also wrote a lot of single sentences from the beginning I have started that I hope are the major scenes leading to the end. From past experience I know I'll be adding and deleting scenes, but at least I have something of a path since I'm not an outliner.
JIMMY’S GONE. NOTE ON THE TABLE.
SCENE WITH FAT NYLA AT SCHOOL
(KEEP LIZ COCHRAN OR DELETE)
AFTER SCHOOL SESSION: USE STEINBECK HERE
GLASSES AND DOUBLE NEGATIVE
On day 8 I did 1)Yoga and 2)walked in the Santa Cruz Mountains, then I went to the farmers' market for fresh veggies and came home to work in 3) my garden. In other words, I let my characters take a break from me and me from them.
On day 9 and 10 I dabbled with what I'd already written. Made changes. Wrote the chapter for 1ST ARREST, and left my poor MC in a mess.
I close my eyes. I like the way sleep takes me outta here into a deep, dark place that doesn’t smell, where DD smiles down at me, where Jimmy swings me between his knees, and where Polanski hands me a cup filled with sharp pencils—World’s Greatest Kid.
Flashing lights dart through the grimy window. In my dream they’re crazy night birds shattering the cup and shooting the pencils into the air like bullets. I bolt to my feet and open the side door. My first thought is that the garage is on fire. I blink into the high beam of a flashlight.
“Put your hands on your head and turn around.”
Should he get in more trouble? Wanna vote? Thumbs up the story turns into a happy for ever after story. Thumbs down, the MC has a bumpy road for about two hundred pages.