I am working on a story for my novel writing class and I am starting to think that I need something else, maybe a subplot or something. Here's the basic story: Amy leaves her abusive boyfriend, she takes a Greyhound from TN to Ohio. On the bus she meets a woman who tells her that her brother runs a cemetery and he is in need of someone who can enter old files onto the computer's database so people can find information online (genealogy research, etc). The person running the cemetery lets Amy stay in the creepy old house that once was a caretaker's home although for the past twenty years it has just been used for storage. (it is filled with boxes of records). Around the climatic point of the story Amy discovers the people she has been making friends with at the cemetery are all or almost all ghosts who live in the cemetery. Amy's boyfriend shows up trying to forcibly take her back to TN. Her new friends stop him from taking Amy (not sure on the details yet). End of story Amy accepts that the spirits love her and accept her and she becomes their new caretaker. -- As for subplots I've had a few ideas. Idea One: Someone looking for genealogy research, possibly adopted or something, comes to cemetery to find as many graves from her family tree as she can. The family was very prominent back when the town was very young and there are several things in the town named after the family. A large ornate stone marks the main section where this family is buried but there's a small stone set way in the back of the cemetery that also belongs to this family, the stone is plain and only has a name and date of birth and death on the stone. Hidden in the grass, laying flush with the ground is a stone next to it that merely says "infant". Amy wants to discover why that stone is hidden and so far from the rest of the family members. She becomes friends with the woman seeking information about the family and together they solve the mystery. (She might be friends online rather than in person, maybe this woman doesn't live in the area and that's why she has Amy helping her.) Idea Two: Something going on with the man who runs the cemetery. Maybe he's lonely and develops a friendship, possibly romantic relationship with Amy. (I am not much into romance but if this helps the story I am willing to explore it.) Those are the two ideas I have right now. A friend suggested I do something with Amy's boyfriend plotting to get her back by any means possible but I don't think that would fit in with my story. My underlying theme is - real beauty has nothing to do with what you see or someone's physical appearance, real beauty has more to do with personality, actions and so forth. Amy's main motivation is that she wants to feel valued, wanted, safe, etc, all the things her boyfriend did not give her. She has battered woman syndrome right now, she feels like she's a fraud, that she really can't do anything right, etc. It's going to be over the course of the story that she gradually starts to feel valued, accepted, worthy, etc as she develops friendships with the ghosts. (Who she thinks are just friendly people for most of the story.) Any suggestions to help me develop this story out more?