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Creative chaos

Spent the day high on antibiotics, alternately staring at the wall and fixing plot holes in my NaNo novel. The 30k words were a good start and I have enough material for another 60k (at least), but the plot needed detailing, as did the world. I've got a much better idea now why things happened the way I wrote them.

Also, secondary characters with a purpose are starting to crawl out of the woodwork, which is always a good thing. And I like my magic system a lot too, although it's completely unconventional and guaranteed to cause me many headaches down the road.

All in all, I really enjoy working on this story now that I'm past the difficult beginning. It's still hard, but there have been a few rewards by now; I've gotten to know my main characters a lot better and found that I actually like them. Besides, the sheer wackiness of the plot ingredients keeps me entertained. So far I have Atlantis, secret experiments, organ theft, a medium, an art thief, a university of magic that has produced many fine taxi drivers and a hero named after Dante Alighieri.

What's not to like? (Please don't answer that.)

The downside of all that entertaining chaos is that I have to work doubly hard to tie everything together in a believable way. There might be humor involved, but the core of the story is dark. Pitch black, in fact. Thankfully, the world we live in doesn't make much sense either, so I think that as long as the characters behave realistically, suspension of disbelief can be achieved with a minimum of effort.

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leafy_girl
Dec. 2nd, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
I wanted to congratulate you on 30 k words. I got to 26 k last year and gave myself permission to drop it early this year. Its tough to work all the writing in a busy life.

Good luck on your novel! I'm sure it will be excellent.
technoelfie
Dec. 2nd, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the vote of confidence. :) And you're right, it's tough to concentrate on writing when real life insists on butting in all the time. I just hope it's going to get easier with practice.
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