First off, the air quotes around literary is because I'm not 100% this is what it is. It's very different from anything I've written in the past, is largely character driven and has a lot of introspection, but there is still a plot and a few 'normal' novel conventions. So, I'm wondering exactly how detailed and intricate the plot should be, as well as just generally trying to sort out what I want to happen. The novel follows three main character over a period of four to five years, from their mid/late teens to early twenties. I have a few plot lines that I know I definitely want to have, and I'm trying to figure out how they overlap and work together. I'm also open to adding in more storylines. The ones I currently have are: The Series of Murders This is probably the central plot line for my book. My main character, Kaeneus, lives in a small-ish town where a series of gruesome murders begins in the summer and continues well into the school year. This isn't a 'murder mystery' type book though, as Kaeneus himself doesn't really try to solve the murders, but ends up unraveling the mystery any way. It ends when Kaeneus discovers the killer is one of his friends/love interests, Enos. Enos is caught, put on trial, and executed. Romance 1: Enos The main character has two love interests. The first is the aforementioned Enos. Enos is sort of the 'over privileged arrogant rich kid' cliche, but he ends up growing quite close to Kaeneus. It starts when he and Kaeneus meet soon after school starts up again, and ends when Kaeneus finds out about his involvement in the murders. Romance 2: A Kaeneus' second love interest is A, the sheriff's daughter. She helps Kaeneus uncover the truth behind the murders. They've been friends since before the books start, their childhood, and are sort of the 'two outcasts who only talk to each other' until Enos comes onto the scene. It starts just before they return to school, when they realize there might be romantic feelings, and ends ambiguously with the two of them talking after Enos has been executed. Along the way, A marries another man but they divorce soon after. Kaeneus' Transition Kaeneus is a transgender man and his major personal storyline is his transition. He realizes he's trans before the book starts, and A finds out about it soon after. Enos only finds out after they've become good friends, and is weirded out at first because he has feelings for Kaeneus and has a bit of 'so wait does this make me gay now?' type panic, but he ends up coming around. So much so, that he ends up paying for the bulk of Kaeneus' treatments. 'Exodus' Kaeneus, Enos and A all dream of leaving the town where the story starts, for different reasons. Kaeneus needs to leave to transition, Enos wants to flee the state to avoid getting caught, and A just hates all the people there and wants to make her won way in the world. Kaeneus and Enos leave together, when Kaeneus is vaguely suspicious of Enos' involvement but is in denial, and move to a country that doesn't extradite to the Us (still undecided exactly where). A stays relatively close to home, and doesn't see the boys for a year or so after they leave until inviting them to her wedding. Eventually, after Enos is dead, A and Kaeneus return to their hometown.