Well, folks I'm about 2/3 finished with the main plot on my new novel, GHOSTS, set in SC in the 80s. I am thinking about posting weekly as I write, asking for pointers, and possibilities, as the plot gets thicker, so to speak. I have about 15,000 words done, and am setting up my project board with the timeline etc tonight after the Elaine Viets booksigning at Murder on the Beach bookstore in Delray Beach, FL at 7 pm.
The basic plot is a young girl was convicted of killing her young toddler daughter 11 years before this, but believes she is innocent. She comes back home to fight for the truth, aided by her husband and a childhood friend who happens to be the local Sheriff. Add in mysterious doings with the daughter in question, a child-napping ring, a cousin with murderous secrets to hide, and a new freelance career as a photographer, and things start happening pretty quickly.
I'm working on the sideplots/red herrings now in a handwritten notebook (thanks, Jon King!), and will set up the timeline using post it notes and various colored markers. I'm also in the process of working on biographies for all the characters, even the side ones, so that they will be real to me. If they are real to me, they will be real on the page.
Here's my question to kick start the discussion: What do you do when things bog down in the middle of the book, or you're bored with it...ideas, anyone?