I am working on my first novel and have been outlining and character creating everything i can, but i wanted to throw out the general idea i am going in hopes that i can get some feed back about any potential problems (ie writing myself in to a corner, bad characters, anything) ---------- The story is about Jack, a man who has left who he was behind after his fiance was killed in a car jacking gone wrong. Blaming himself for her death he drives away leaving everything behind including his name. Eventually his travels bring him to a town called Hope, Texas. This is where the novel part will take place and involve... Jack has become a shadow of the man he once was; drinking all the time, secluding himself off from everyone except for certain times, and hallucinating someone he knows to be dead... his fiance. Most of this town believes that Jack is nothing more than a trouble making drunk with the exceptions of the elderly couple that owns that small cottage that Jack is staying at, a preacher of a church on the out skirts of town, and a waitress at the local diner. He spends most of his time in the town lying to the people about who he is and what he is doing there... no two people get the same story. The only person he is honest with is the the priest of the church to even though knowing his name calls him "The Preacher Man" for most of the story. Though he still uses the same alias that he has for everyone else in the town Jack tells the preacher man his story, but never seeking the council of the preacher. Jack is usually followed at points in the plot by the image (whether she is something spiritual or in his head will be something left to the readers interpretation) of his dead fiance, usually trying to get him out of the dark hole he has so willingly walked in and move on with his life. Somewhere in the story Jack starts to see beyond his own guilt and anger and starts realizing that the same people that have been kind to him have there own problems that he hasnt taken the time to notice as they had done for him. Jack finally starts to realize that some times you have to take a step back from your life to truly see the whole picture. Jack will go to the grave of his fiance for the first time since her death 365 days ago. The "ghost/hallucination" of her and him will have one final talk before Jack takes the necklace off his neck that held the ring she was going to give him on there wedding day on her tombstone, and finally say good bye. ------------------------ I dont know tell me what you think of the general idea for the plot; i originally had a little girl in the town as well but realized early on that her role was already being filled by a more fitting character the preacher man.