I am delighted to announce that I have just passed the 30k mark in my NaNoWriMo novel. I’m still not any further forward with choosing a title for it (I have played around with a few, but none seem to quite fit).
I hit a stumbling block earlier. At around 28k, I was stuck on a sub-plot and couldn’t move forward until it was resolved. I’d introduced a character quite early on, who showed real potential. Then, suddenly, I found I didn’t really know what to do with him. How could one powerful character appear out of nowhere and then deflate like a punctured balloon? He had no direction, no mission. Because the mission I initially had planned for him didn’t suit. It didn’t work. So I sat down, and I thought, and I Googled for some inspiration, and I started working out the sub-plot. It really helped, because now he has direction again, and he has shown me a different side to his character.
On the plus side, I have managed to come up with blurb of sorts, just to give an idea of what the story is about.
This is the beauty of NaNoWriMo, especially if you don’t have the time to do any planning; you just launch yourself into the story and have to see where it goes. There are obstacles, there are brick walls. Yet there are also some pleasant surprises, and I think I have just hurdled that wall.
And that’s me for another day, totally knackered and ready to crash, but leaving you with the outline below as a little taster 🙂