The timeline I am working with is rather simple, but I still needed some basic organization. Since the majority of the active plot in this story will be on a boat from port to port, I took a world map and plotted course of a two person circumnavigation (inspired by an actual circumnavigation) and modified it according to different languages and sailing efficiency.
I have sailing experience but not enough. My research on this has to be extensive. Lucky for me, I have close people with tons more experience. I must be able to convey what it is to sail across the Pacific without actually doing this. Sure, I can throw some technical jargon in and make it sound convincing, but this will harm me in two ways, sailors won’t believe me and non-sailors will get bored. So I must take the intimate experiences of mine and others to project a smooth depiction of a sailing journey.
Some things to consider for the journey:
- Supplies—food, water, booze, drugs, clothing
- Equipment, primitive and modern
- Port regulations
- Situations that can be magnified so a trans-Pacific trip isn’t just one paragraph
- Baldur’s condition should deteriorate early on to provoke his language madness and megalomania
- One or two love interests for Baldur which will haunt his emotions about Jennifer
To break the linear timeline and path of the journey, I want to lay out points in the story where I will inject backstory, just to break the monotony. I don’t want a book that is backstory in the first half, plot in the second.
Tomorrow, I want to tackle some of the philosophical and moral principles that I’ll convey.