Some of you may know that I’m a plotter. Maybe even to the extreme. But I’ve been having many problems with my current WIP, “Murder By Magic.”
In my plotting I tend to follow a combination of Vogler’s “The Writer’s Journey” and Brooks’s “Story Engineering.” What I’m currently having issues with is the “Crossing The Threshold” portion.
My heroine developed Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy as a child. She has been self-exiled from her family from several years and now makes Luxor her home. She’s an Egyptologist, and while on a dig she gets caught up in the middle of a terrorist event and ends up being shot in the head. Because of the epilepsy, the doctors decide to keep her in a medical coma.
When she’s finally woken up, she’s back at home in the care of her childhood neurologist and his team.
Now, a couple of things are bothering me – does it “count” as Crossing The Threshold if:
a.) She didn’t consciously choose it, and
b.) She’s already been there before, and it had actually been her home all her life, except for the past three or four years..
Any and all advice, as always, will be gratefully welcomed.