Interpreting the instructions for the assignment after I posted to my new blog, I decided to rewrite, in 50 words or less, the barebones version of the plot:
Overwhelmed by the responsibilities of home AND career, she just wants to find leve l ground after betrayal by the man she had deeply loved and trusted. A handyman with a secret past wants to help ease her burdens. (38 words in two sentences.)
Next: The Six-Point Plot
The Goals of both the hero and the villain.
The Crisis--what triggers events
The Disaster--hero appears destined to fail
The heroine's goal: to take care of her responsibilities.
The hero's goal: to find a way to make amends for his failures in war action and to win the heart of the heroine.
The villain's goal: Who is the villain? Does the villain have to be a person?
I guess I need to ponder these things for awhile. Be back tomorrow.