NaNoWriMo Day 10: Writing doesn’t always look like writing

Word count: Reading and tweaking, so no counting today.

I’m not worried about making an official count for NaNoWriMo; it won’t take 50,000 words to complete this book.  It’s not about the word count.  As Chuck Wendig says, “NaNoWriMo lays down the law: you have a goal and that goal is to finish.”

Today, I’ve been reading Protag 1’s scenes.  This person is hard for me to get into.  I don’t feel like I quite have her as defined as I’d like.  Nothing I write at this point in time is etched in stone, so whatever I do now, I can change later.  But in outline and character worksheets, I’ve struggled with her.

Part of this relates to mood.  Protag 2 exists closer to where I live every day (or used to; I’ve slowly begun to drag myself out of that pit–either that, or I’ve given up and am just pretending I did).  Plus, he’s the English one, and you all know I want to marry England.

Can you blame me?

Can you blame me?

Image:  Derek Voller / via Wikimedia Commons

Another reason for the Protag 1 Dilemma relates to her settings.  I know more about Britain than I do about her line of work.  Again, nothing is permanent.  A lightly sketched scene is better than none at all.

I’ve got some thinking to do.  Tomorrow, I won’t be at work because it’s Veterans Day (Remembrance Day in the UK).   So I have a whole day to play with P1’s trajectory.  Yay!

For your viewing pleasure this evening, a reminder that baby elephants are incredibly cute, love water, and have no damn idea what they are doing.

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