At the moment I am surrounded by sheets of paper full of ideas, for example on one sheet I have written 'Max talks to Rosie' and from that thought the following ideas grow
- Rosie's dialogue to be in italics which will hopefully imply that it's not quite an ordinary conversation.
- when will it be obvious to the reader that Rosie is dead? i don't want to hit them with it on the first page.
- should I have all Max's conversations with the woman fro his past in italics or just those with Rosie?
- Will he have conversations with the other woman from his life in the same way e.g his Mother? No I think that before his stroke he will only speak to Rosie. After the stroke he will be reliving the past so the italics will be unnecessary.
- without being mawkish the conversations with Rosie must show that their love is still alive
- should Rosie be a timid little thing or a feisty redhead?
- probably go with feisty but must make sure that she doesn't become a harridan