Third Act - Sierra Grayson

Plan:

Serena decides to leave her job at her MIL’s office and go back to volunteering at the library and writing her own novel while she works part-time as a waitress for some income.

  • Quits job at MIL’s office while MIL is there
  • Goes back to the library for the first time in a couple weeks
  • Doesn’t see less fortunate teen there so she decides to ask the head librarian if she’s seen them
  • Visits less fortunate teen at school to convince her to come back to writing program
  • Talks with husband about how proud he is of her for trying to do it all but that he’s concerned about her
  • MIL throws a congrats party without her for her brother-in-law’s new job (says she didn’t want to depress Serena since she doesn’t have a “good” job)
    • Serena doesn’t care
  • Less fortunate teen reveals fully fleshed novel at library one day and Serena helps her publish it on an Internet site for teen literary work

 

Climax:

Her plan is working and making her a little bit of money, but it’s not what she’s truly passionate about anymore, so she decides to talk with the higher-ups about making the library young writers volunteer programming into a full-time job - and they go for it, much to her MIL’s dismay!

  • Serena shows the higher-ups at the library that one of her volunteer students in the writing program just published a full finished novel online
  • Convinces them that the program is doing so much good for these kids and that it should be continued/built into larger programs year-round
  • Higher-ups bring on Serena as a full-time literary workshop expert with pay
  • Serena announces her new job at the next Sunday dinner with her in-laws, and her MIL isn’t happy about it
    • Says it’s an insecure position liable to go away at any time
    • Serena shows her the contract the library signed with her for at least a year’s employment
  • MIL shows up to library one day and visits Serena and the students
    • Tells her that she’s actually proud of her and is sorry for her behavior
    • Serena wants her to know that she would have taken this job even if it didn’t come with pay
    • MIL says that’s a very noble thing to do

 

Ending:

Serena feels a sense of happiness and ease as her job at the library begins and she has more time to write her novel - which she eventually finishes - and help young writers learn that it’s okay to not make money from working on your own creativity.

  • Serena’s days are spent working with kids at the library, coming up with more projects and bigger programs, and working on her own novel
  • She finishes her novel two months into her new position at the library and publishes it with the less fortunate teen’s name on the cover as a co-author
  • Sends a copy of her new publication to the less fortunate teen with a note on the inside cover that encourages the teen to never stop writing “no matter what”