To continue the exercise from SnoValley Writes!, the second part of the outlining was:
Part 2 – When the novel opens, what is the protagonist on the brink of doing? What does this action represent and why?
Paul Emerson Griffith announces during a celebration dinner that he’s accepted a job in Colorado. The family sees this as a move of cowardice; his friends see it as a sign of craziness. Whether or not Paul is running to or from something isn’t fully known -yet.
He knows that he cares about the kids he sees, the ones he doesn’t see as much anymore.