Decide on the promises you want to make to your readers in your story. Then outline according to those promises.
Promises, promises. OK, here goes:
I want the reader to be curious about the idea of memory monsters.
I want the reader to be uncertain of what exactly happens in the main character's mind.
I want the reader to root for the main character/narrator as she travels in her own memory.
I want the reader to fear for the main character's sanity.
- Meet Julia (main character/narrator)
- Recently moved to a new town
- Finds herself flashing back to things she doesn't actively remember
- Decides to seek help
- Meet Dr. Evans
- Psychiatrist Julia is referred to
- Specialist in memory recovery
- Decides to take Julia on as a "challenge"
- First session of "Evans method" of treatment
- Dr. Evans sends Julia into her own memory
- Described as a hallway full of doors
- Behind each door is another scene/memory populated by memory monsters
- Julia meets younger version of herself as a guide
- Dr. Evans decides to pull Julia back before she's ready
- Wants to know what happened, Julia can't describe beyond what we saw
- Second session of "Evans method" of treatment
- Julia decides to go back into her memory on her own
- Encounters memory monsters that don't want to be found
- Comes out of it, but not sure who won the fight