The Skeleton Sketch of My First Novel

Then there was the bad weather-A Moveable FeastErnest Hemingway

The skeleton is complete! I have structure! Wow, I’m writing this story better than I’m living my life. No wonder people write. I’ve managed to divide my story into 34 sections (yes. I said that-34) and give each one a loose title. I wrote brief notes some of which sound like cheesy lead-ins but hey, I know what I’m talking about and oh yes and…I finished the ending. I always knew how it ended but I wasn’t exactly sure how it got to where it ended.

I pasted in a little of how I outlined the structure just to give you an idea- I really just wanted to paste it in like a photograph but I didn’t know how to do that. My imagination is more savvy than my computer skills.

Section 9

First day at the James Joyce

After a night out with Laura, Jíri and Michael, Annabelle heads back to the C&B to find her way home meets the Punk Czech (setting character). Her first day at work she meets Jules and Jana (setting characters). The evening ends at the Sedm Vlku with Irish Bob (setting character).

Section 10

Easter

C&B with Dimtri, Amanda, Laura, Cash, Riccardo, Endres and Annabelle and other characters spend Easter in the C&B garden.

Section 11

Swedish Death Metal and Koontz

A Swedish Death Metal bands stops in Prague while on tour and Riccardo brings Koontz (minor character) home. Other band members and first time we meet Ruby (minor character). [Somewhere around here Annabelle stands up Endres for the first time.]

Section 12

Picnic with Endres and the Castle

Endres and Annabelle meet up in a Park and wander through the streets of Prague.

Section 13

Czech Lessons

Annabelle meets up with Zuzana and Sedik for some lessons in Czech. Afterwards she returns to the C&B to hang out with Endres, Dani and Rasta Faerie (setting characters).

Section 14

Standing up Endres and a meeting from back home

Annabelle heads off to look for a new Job but while picking up her money from the James Joyce she runs into Jeff (setting character) from her hometown of Seattle. As a result she stands up Enders who is waiting at the museum. Out of guilt and alcohol she goes to the C&B to try and find him but only finds Cash.

Section 15

Meeting Jeff on the Karlov Môst with Friends

Jeff hangs out with a different crowd in Prague. At first interested in the familiarity of back home and the calmness of the people she is around she finds that just because they play nice on the surface it doesn’t mean they are good people.

Section 16

Job at J.J. Murphy’s

First day of training at Murphy’s introduces new characters, [Some of which do not have names yet] Girl from Russian speaks Russian, German and Spanish she trains Annabelle who only speaks English. She also meets the Socialite head bartender from Minneapolis, the Aussi book keeper/waitress, the New Jersey cook, The German and the Polish Bartenders the two Bavarian owners (all setting characters).

Floating Bride Gowns

What’s next? I wrote in my last blog that I’m going to break down each section into scenes. The scenes are titled according to the action. I think this will help me to better develop characters along the way. I think I’ll start from the end and work my way to the beginning and see if that works with the continuity. Regardless, it will be an interesting trip I’m certain.

Robert Cohn was once middle weight boxing champion of Princeton. –The Sun Also RisesErnest Hemmingway

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