It is amazing how the story develops when I work with the characters.
I thought I was going to give the character depth and adding details to the story, not contribute to the major plot. But it did. I guess it is because I just have the basic story in place but not so may whys and hows. To work with the characters in this stage is something new for me. I’ve mostly done this fairly late in the process.
But this time I began with the characters early and they began to contribute at once. And they reproduced. One son became two. It seemed too unrealistic that she should flirt with a twelve-year-old and in the next breath treat him like a kid. It was over the top in bizarre relations too. At least if the relation is no real conflict in the story. It became much better with two brothers.
Suddenly the whole first act is there.