40k words in 12 days. Yup, you read that right, I wrote 40, 404 words in 12 days. Wait, I did that? The guy that has never written a story longer than 10k words before? Wow. If I can do it, so can you!
On top of being within 10k words of hitting the NaNoWriMo goal, I had a ton of fun writing the last 4k words. I have managed to put into action the antagonists plot, put the prince in danger and place my blacksmith in position to get involved. I also changed the gender of one of my characters.
OK, not in the story, but in my manuscript. I had a minor side character that is starting to play a bigger role (sound familiar?). Then I thought about and realized there was a lot of testosterone in my story and not enough estrogen, so I changed this side character to a girl and I was floored about how much better the character is now. If I ever reveal the character as the one that was a guy but I rewrote as a girl, the two people that read my book will be shocked.
I also had another new experience in writing. I felt sick writing as the antagonist. What a dirt bag, slime ball this guy is, I really hate him. If my two readers hate him half as much as I do, then I would call that a success. How do writers write these truly evil characters? I almost felt dirty for writing the thoughts I wrote. Have you ever written a truly evil character that made you feel bad for writing such ideas down? I mean, my antagonist is trying to over throw a king, he needs to scheme and conspire to get the job done. It just made me feel like a slime ball for coming up with the plan. I could not image what it was like to try and think like the Joker when writing Killing Joke, he was pure evil in that graphic novel.
Every day of NaNoWriMo is bringing new and exciting experiences with it. I can’t wait to see what tonight brings. NaNo on my friends.
Until next time…