I promise it's shorter than the previous one and I think I've divided the acts up well enough.Onwards and upwards! :D
Doh! We've both been missing something blindingly obvious - and it's the answer that comes from the slight problem I've been having with the 'logic' of the party (i.e. what's its function other than the plot requiring a reason for all those balloons?) - and also the 'reason' for the Princess's banishment (and her parent's cruelty etc.). I think your story needs a 'ticking clock' to give urgency to the chef's rescue; so, what if, the party is the princess's wedding reception? What if she's being married against her will? This would make the food prep/balloons absolutely CONNECTED to the relationship between the chef and the princess - and the catalyst for the whole narrative... What do you think?
I think YES! That makes so much sense it's actually pretty embarrasing that I didn't think of it before! Thank yoooouu! XD
Hey - writing is always like that - don't be embarrassed - it happens to me like that all the time; but, it's a truism that the 'inevitable' solution is often born from the bit of the story that is causing the 'plot' the most difficulty.
Yeah true. Still, thanks though. I think this has probably saved my story from flailing a bit :D