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NaNoWriMo Day 2

I forgot to blog about the first day of NaNoWriMo, but I did at least do some writing.

 

And I did more today. That’s two out of two which must mean I’m being good and need a reward or something!

 

My story starts off with four main characters and yesterday I managed to introduce two, today the other two. It’s only 4 and a half thousand words in, but it is only the intro for each of them. Today’s writing I found really interesting because one of the characters (Leah) suddenly went down a different path to what I’d planned in my bible and what I’d planned starting the scene.

 

But I like when writing does that. It feels more real that the characters actually develop on their own. It’s why I have the plan of the first section, setting up the four main characters and their situations, how the world works for them, and then a brief outline of the second section, but I’ve nothing planned for the third and final part. Because I don’t know how the characters and plot will evolve to get to that point.

 

I was once writing this short series of stories based on a television show and I had my own character that was just there to fill the places, she wasn’t a Mary-Sue (I hope) and she certainly wasn’t a main character. In one chapter I had her make a comment to an existing, but new, character and had him respond in a way that he, as a character already defined by the show, would and suddenly I saw this new side to her. This was a character that I had created whose back story suddenly slotted into place and who through two sentences had a chemistry with the guy. I never intended on it, never planned on it and then I created a whole fictitious world between them.

 

Which is just what happened with Leah, earlier tonight. She was supposed to just be a single mother of two, struggling but surviving who meets the man of her dreams and later on her awful ex reappears. The ex was just supposed to be awful because of their break up and because of the children involved. He was so un-important that he didn’t even get a name in my planning. But suddenly he appears in her opening scene, and he’s taken on this new creepy level that I never ever intended on and the man of her dreams hasn’t appeared yet!

 

I thought of the four leading ladies, Chloe (the first one) would be the easiest to write for, but I’ve really loved the other three. I’ve only done two paragraphs of Issy, but I’m already enjoying fleshing out her life, and she’s probably the one I least identify with as a person so I’m hoping that I can do her justice.

 

There’s probably no more Nanoing for me today, but hopefully I’ll get another 1600 done tomorrow. Currently I’m on track of “finishing” on November 21st, 9 days early! Woo too!

 

~ Persephone M

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Outside

I feel very separate from everything else in the world. I always have done and most of the time, I ignore it, but sometimes it gets to me.

For ease, I’m an only child who moved cities at the ages of 8 and 14. At school I was the quiet one, at home I was the misunderstood or non-understood one, and I’m not sure it ever really changed. With my own family I feel like the outsider, the one with nothing in common, the one with nothing to say.

At work, I’m the one on the periphery, the one who’s not fully there. In both I just make up the numbers, walking a different path to all the others, filling to role of odd one out, fish out of water, so unique, it’s just all too different.

Meanwhile, I’m trapped on a roundabout and I can’t get into the right lane to exit, trapped just going round and round. And no one notices. I consider disappearing, not even into a fantasy world where I forget my daily oddness, my daily social inabilities and become consumed with an imaginary person’s life. It comes as no surprise to me that characters of my own creation are misunderstood, crave being alone to not be hurt, or fight to be surrounded for the fear of being alone. It’s also of no surprise when I sit here and consider the futures I create for them they in the end they end up happy. One, named Nicola, is the put upon one in her family, the first born who had to be the adult, never got to be the girl. She ends up finding herself a new family who accept her for who she is.

Another, Mel, hides her past, her name even from everyone, she works a job she hates and hides her social life from her family for fear of their reaction, their inability to understand. I haven’t finalised her future yet, but she finds the perfect person that accepts her, after she runs away and disappears.

I can’t seem to even disappear into their lives, these people I know best. I’m not sure I can even formulate coherent blogs. All I want is sleep.