You win some, You lose some

Happy Wednesday!

As you can see, I’m in a good mood and I was productive today. Well, not as much as I was yesterday but today wasn’t so bad. I managed to plan out at least two more scenes for Phantom Blade. It’s not the most detailed outline but at least I know what’s happening for the next 2 to 4 thousand words.

I read somewhere that not all characters should get along and, let me tell you, that is an iron rule I have been following. It wasn’t intentional. I just created Avon that way. I say created because in part that is true but also because of her backstory (which will come to light later). That experience transformed her into the character she is now – in the story. She is as complex as she gets. Sure, I can change a few things here and there but, for the most part, she’s alright.

Today, more than ever, I realize one huge mistake that I made. I did not and have not made a timeline of any events. Sure I have the scenes but the information of specific things like where Boss Anderson works at is either on the 20th floor or 10th. I can’t remember. Or what day of the week it is in the book either. Little but important things like that that help with consistency are somewhere in the abyss.

But Kassandra, you might say. Why can’t you CTRL+F and find what you want? Well, that’s the thing. NaNoWriMo, the website, partner with and the chapters aren’t all united. Each chapter is a separate file so to speak and it will take me a long time to find what I want. I’ll just have to go back and do everything once I’m completely done with the story.

Word Count: 1,814

Total Word Count: 41, 515

Sticking Them Where It Hurts

Today marks the second day in which I place Avon into an uncomfortable position. More of her past is coming to light and she doesn’t not like that. What does she do: avoid, avoid, avoid and try to stay in her position of power. Moments like these are the best because I can show my character to be realistic rather than a 2D character.

I managed to write, not only about Avon’s past, but also about the deepening relationships between characters. In general, I do think that the plot matters and sometimes most of the stories I write are plot driven but I also think that character development is also important so I try to find a balance between the two.

Today is also the day that I have hit k words! Although not half way done, I think it is an important marker. 15k is no easy feat. I’m just glad that I have been writing more than the average word count to finish on time. It’s really great because when the holiday rolls around I want to spend as much time as I can with the people around me and I don’t have to spend such a long time writing in isolation.

Tomorrow’s plot: what is that blob of darkness?

Word count for today: 1,800