Thursday, August 6, 2015

"A Formulaic Romance" Work at its inception.


Just to show you how I work. This is the plot sketch for my next Regency romance. I'm thinking of calling it "A Formulaic Romance," though that will probably change.  

I like to write an outline for the story, but am fully aware that it will change as the characters develop. Still, it gives me a framework for getting on with things. Scrivener is supposed to be great for this step, but I've had mixed results with it. 


 The outline is a bit sparse, and not completely grammatical, but it's not really meant for anyone other than me.


Chemist (male) is disturbed when a carriage loses a wheel or breaks its mainbrace outside his house. He's the proverbial “billionaire recluse scientist” scaled to regency time.
They interact, sparks sort of fly, then she takes off after the carriage is fixed.

He goes to London (Oxford, Cambridge, Bath?) to present his results (Royal Society?)
She's in the audience, with a beau? She didn't know it was him she met on the road. They may say hello at the end of his lecture (basically chemical magic show).

Anyway, Hero is disturbed by family insisting he take a break. Could be a serious enough accident that he needs time away (Hg, Ether, fumes, Halocarbons?) from the bench. Sister/female cousin/Aunt insists that he goes dancing. (see complication below, she could say “You don't want X to inherit? Time you found a wife. Yes Aunt Augusta).

Runs into heroine again. Almack's or some party or both.

They run into each other, say at the museum, or out riding, or even (if not Almacks Vauxhall (season was the summer ending sept 1 +-, Almacks was Jan – April/May).

Now they are noticing each other. There has to be some complication

{ complication ideas:
She doesn't like not knowing that he'll be safe.

He's framed for poisoning someone by a not quite so rich relative who will inherit if he dies without issue. (could be after they declare their love and publish a note in the times) Beau from before could be the relative, or in line for inheritance.
}

Complication is resolved. If it's the poisoning, she does something dramatic like drinking 'the poison' in court. Or there could be some skullduggary. (Gaolbreak, followed by chase, followed by finding the critical information in villain's home.) Heroine proves he's innocent, maybe by doing the experiment to show that the solution which was supposed to be Arsenic/Antimony was nothing but wine. Could be after he's on the way to the gallows?