NaNoWriMo Day 9

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Well, as you can see by the widget on my sidebar I’m not caught up yet, but I am feeling better about NaNo. I became a little worried this weekend when I still hadn’t made 1667 a day – never mind catching up – but I seem to have found a steady writing rhythm again, even if it’s not a particularly quick one. Part of the problem is that I never intended to write this story as a NaNo Novel – I always planned to take my time with it. The other part of the problem is that I really wanted to finish editing Fie Eoin because I now have a small mob of people gnashing their teeth for the next chapter. And the third part is that I didn’t really care about Sean. And that was really killing my writing.

You see, I storylined straight through this book and into the sequel, and in the sequel Sean is a horrible person. He blames the Forgetters for what happens at the end of Book of Souls (which I can’t spoil for you, obviously) and goes on a complete killing rampage. So the only Sean I’ve ever known is confused little boy Sean that goes straight into murderous rampage Sean. I had a vague idea who he was in his last life, but I never really explored that until NaNo started. So I started off the month with a POV character that I didn’t care about, but who was vital to the story.

What do you know, that doesn’t really work for me. So I went back to his last life and figured out what happened. And Sean was not a bad guy in his last life – he was actually a pretty decent fellow who had a horrible death. And he’s a pretty decent guy as a confused kid, too. And then last night he told a little lie to someone in charge of the army and the Rebecca in me fell in love. Now, instead of forcing myself to write his scenes I actually want to. I want to see what’s next for this kid between horrible death and eventual murderer. I want to know what really makes him tick. I care.

Do you care about your characters? Finding that “save the cat” moment may be just what you need to get your NaNo butt in gear.

And don’t forget to visit the others in the NaNo Blogchain! Their sage wisdom (and lamentations!) sure helped me out on Day 4 when I felt like giving up.

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Rebecca Enzor

Rebecca Enzor is a chemist in Charleston, SC who writes Young Adult and New Adult Fantasy and Magical Realism. Repped by Eric Smith of P.S. Literary.

3 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Day 9”

  1. I have a whole character that I’m considering dropping. The only thing that interested me about her was her first scene, and now I’m stuck with her and I can’t just leave the thread hanging.

    She’s still around, but I haven’t had time yet to figure out what I wanted to throw at her face. I hope it’ll come.

  2. You could throw a punch at her face, and see how she reacts! Or a lamp. Lamps make good throwing things (the breaking light bulb is a nice touch sometimes) 😉

    Good luck with her, and if nothing else she can be fodder for the body count.

  3. God, I care about my characters. I really do. It’s sort of embarrassing how much I do, actually, since they end up turning into my kids if I’m not careful. xD It starts getting a little ridiculous, though. I have a strong policy about not just reaching in and controlling their lives for them, so when they start making mistakes it stings me like it would watching any of my friends in real life do the same thing.

    Yet…I think that’s part of the reason I’m still a couple of days ahead in my NaNoWriMo writing right now. I have a vague idea of the plot and how it’s going to happen, but other than that my two protagonists are just sort of tumbling forward and unknowingly making it happen themselves. This could end up getting me somewhere I can’t write myself out of, but I’m hoping that happens after I hit the 50K mark. Something tells me this is going to end up being more like an 80K or 100K story in itself.

    Keep it up. 🙂 I’m sure you’re doing great and will be caught up before you know it!

    -Dovingbird, of the NaNo Bloggers

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