Needing some inspiration for MC SP of The Past. None of the Gists I've scanned over have really stood out. Let's call this throughline "Woman trapped in a man's world".
I'm trying to be short and quick here, hopefully the actual story will not seem so...cliche, I guess.
SP 1 - There is a place/event MC needs to go to but is not allowed in because it would be improper for a woman to attend.
SP 2 - Her increasing success in the publishing world turns her peers and family against her because they are embarrassed by what she's doing, or are threatened by women spreading ideas, or whatever.
SP 3 - The Past
SP 4- Existing into the future through her work and the ideas she's shared.
If it helps, the story will be placed in a fictional place and time that closely resembles...maybe mid-late 1800s England? Something you might find in a Jane Austen novel (I'm guessing based on the few movies I've seen, haven't read much Austen, kind of straying outside of my comfort zone here). Don't want to go into too much more, but there will be some magic in it (IC is one of the MCs fictional characters come to life), and it's meant to be a fun piece, not meant to be anything heavy or serious or a downer, despite the struggle of the MC being oppressed because of who she is. Hopefully the final product will look less like its about female oppression and more like a woman learning to write her own life story rather than following the one she's expected to follow.
I had two ideas. 1. She stopped selling, her work fades into obscurity as some new thing comes along to grab everyone's attention, and 2.there's some old rule or law from the past that someone digs up that prevents her being able to continue publishing.
Neither is doing much for me. Just thought I'd see if anyone might have a suggestion?