While revising my current work-in-progress—“Christmas Joe”—I’ve considered adding a new scene. I’d like your help with it.
“Christmas Joe” is a coming-of-age novel. Twenty-one year old James March hopes to obtain unexpected money his recently deceased mother left for him and ends up searching for the person who might be his father.
His friend Trixie accompanies him. She also has plans: become rich and famous on the “Finder’s Keepers” reality TV show. She’ll eventually leave James to participate.
The scene I may add will reveal if she becomes a contestant. She, and other “Finder’s Keepers” hopefuls, must find an object. What the contestants don’t know is that during their search, they will be confronted with a “test.” Will they stop their race and help someone? All of this is being filmed and viewers will vote on winners . . . not just based on who finds the object quickest, but also what the contestants did when they had an opportunity to aid a person. Think of it as a “Good Samaritan” moment.
I want Trixie to encounter a person-in-need that most viewers would think she should/could help. Her help MUST include giving money to, or using money for, the needy person.
Trixie’s on foot, running through the streets of Los Angeles, in a clearly safe area. Then the “test,” a needy person, appears. It can’t be perceived as a scary situation for Trixie . . . so, what might a needy person want or ask that would be compelling? It could a child, an adult, a family, a person with a pet, etc.
One way of imagining this could be: what would make you stop and help?
So, your ideas . . . I’d love to hear ‘em!!!