I'm working on my second book in Chancey, Ga - a made up town. I'm writing in first person, which means everything is seen through my protagonist's, Carolina's, eyes. We go through spells when first person books are popular and then times when they are not. They are on the upsurge right now - good for me! In a totally first person book, the reader can not know anything the main character doesn't know.
So yesterday afternoon, floating around in the pool, I was thinking on where the new book is going. It's beginning the week of Thanksgiving and everyone is getting ready for a community Thanksgiving event on Wednesday night. However, Carolina and her family have only lived in Chancey since July, so they don't know any details about this event. And that is exactly how it is when you move into a small town - everyone has lived there forever and knows what's going on, so details are not provided.
Back to floating, I'm trying to think up what the event will entail when it occurs to me the reason I don't know is because I'm in Carolina's head and SHE doesn't know. So what I have to do is get her to ask the right people the right questions. So then I switched to thinking about the questions she needs to ask and how to put her with the right people.
Now you might be thinking, wait- aren't ALL these characters in your head and don't you know what they know already? You'd think so, wouldn't you?
Nope, that's not how it works with me. These folks show up on the page saying and doing things that constantly surprise me. Their answers to questions come out fully developed when I put fingers to the keyboard. Where and when they developed is a mystery to me.
Just a little insight into writing fiction. Got to go. Me and Carolina need to find out what in the world this Thanksgiving event is!