We had a very interesting bunch of work to discuss for this meeting: one horror, one medieval, one steam punk! What a variety! The horror and medieval are both novel starts, and we have (in previous meetings) discussed big-picture issues:
Purpose (for story and arc); Structure (beginning, middle, end); plot and sub-plot arcs that would best show the purpose, build suspense/tension; character (arc – change, growth, development, consistency, interactions, escalation); POV (and who is the best character to tell this story, or this part of the story?).
The major consideration at this stage of the story is to look at the overall picture: does it work? is there enough stuff to make the story complete, compelling, compulsive?
The steam punk story (short) will be part of an e-book, soon to be put out to the world (watch this space).
This month started on some of the middle picture issues: plot, logical build, POV, setting/location, time-frame. There is more to it than that, but we can only take one step at a time, one word at a time, one meeting at a time.
And so we go on, into the world of story!