I think I mentioned I was reading WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL again, this time with The Silver Scar in mind. It's been a creative guide for me, asking the tough questions. And along the way, I think I figured out what my book is actually about. This is from the scribbles from my notebook:
One by one, the walls around Trinidad's denied grief start to fall: his best friend, his dial-it-in faith and the comfort he finds in ritual, his violence as a road to martyrdom, his church home, his dying priest, his adopted brother who chooses a separate path. In order to choose life and love, he must confront that grief and somehow let it go.
What, exactly, that he grieves is a Big Secret. But I found it interesting to discover his personal journey.