Today, I should try to define or describe the landscape (woods) and the house (inside and outside).
I haven’t decided in which part of the world the story takes place. The reason why I am so reluctant to do this, is because I don’t want to limit my creativity.
Keep in mind these are just ideas for now.
Woods: What should be in my woods. How should it look like?
Trees? Oak trees, dogwood, willows, birch, fallen trees, tree stumps
Paths? Overgrown path perhaps?
Other plants? wild flowers, ferns, shrubs, mushrooms, climbing plants (ivy), nettles, moss.
Animals? squirrels, hedgehogs, mice,
Birds? owls, black birds, cuckoos, doves, singing birds (thrush, nightingale)
Season? Autumn, red brown leaves carpet
Weather? Cold-ish, humid in the woods.
House: I’ve googled some houses just to get an idea of what the outside looks like.
The house in my head: White-painted wooden house with black roof and shutters. White wooden fence around the property with a black iron gate. White sign with black bold letters. There is a garden with flowers and maybe a big cherry blossom tree?
The house stands in a clearing.
I still have to decide if the house looks abandoned from the outside or is it neat and tidy?
I still have to draw a map of the interior of the house.
Finally I have some idea of the house’s occupants. It’s a man, woman and a boy. And with that, I’m starting to get ideas for the plot and how to introduce these characters to the readers.
In one scene, the man will be playing a song on the piano and singing. He will be singing a familiar song but the words will be different.
The boy is up in the playroom. The man and woman will drag the teens (two each) up the stairs to go meet the boy.
I’m still deciding if there will be other teens in the house (who trespassed before). If I do decide to include them, maybe they can be locked up in the playroom in makeshift ‘cages’. One of the prisoners can try to warn the new teens.
Later, when the teens try to sneak out of the house the man will get really angry and say something like:
“Well, if you do not choose to stay, you must be punished!”
I still need a smooth transition from that to the trial.
Tomorrow is Saturday, so I will have more time to spend on each character’s description.