In my manuscript – I’ll call it that – I now have as many questions as I have definitive decisions.
The character watched the character – from how far away? – she knows he is there – how can she tell? – how far into his watching of her does she first begin to know? – does she finally see the bushes over there moving? – over where?
What does he see? What is in the way of his vision?
Where has he come from? Why? He knows she won’t . . . and so he . . .
That is how I used to start my novels, not through idea on to outline including character studies going through to plot. I would have a short phrase and build from there, see where that would take me.
I would see where I was, look out, see where I could be.
But I had that beginning to anchor me.
In this case, I have a strong visual. I know I have seen something like it, probably quite a few times (maybe not ‘many’) – I need to be precise, also – it surprises me that I have so strong a visual element coming into this starting point. I see this character in a setting.
That is as much as I will say, for now.