Brainstorming Out of Balance was an interesting process. Normally I begin a book with a single sentence, an idea, or a character. This time, however, I began with a notebook full of odd events from working in a corporate world. Everything from how to work the copier to spilling coffee in the break room to masking a yawn as a facial tick was wedged into a 100 page spiral bound notebook.
Here’s a sneak-peek at uncensored brainstorming notes:
“crazy busy” instead of crazy about you
striking out in the most embarrassing aspect
don’t assume because I have a “passion” and “children” that I am not ambitious or take my job seriously
That random list led to a brief childhood memory:
I saw the movie, Working Nine-to-Five, when I was about my daughter’s age. I never wanted a job like that. It was too much time, too much drama, too much stress. I valued my time much more than I valued money. I remember the hatred the women had for their boss, the hours spent drinking and crying and complaining after hours, and the insane plots to retaliate against office politics. Not to mention the lack of fulfilling male-female relationships or the warmth and support of family. I just didn’t want any of that.
And eventually the beginnings of a plot:
Vine Valley Bank going to take down World Bank before FDIC seizes them. The narrator is caught in the middle. She needs a job to survive. Think corporate espionage meets The Desperate Housewives.