Tuesday, November 14, 2006

NaNo Day Fourteen

With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. ~ Thomas Foxwell Buxton

When I read this article about a man who died trying to save his dog, I wanted to say ... how silly (kind of like that guy I wrote about a few days ago), but I couldn't. Because all I could think about was -- what if it was my dog? What would I have done?

And I can honestly say, I would have jumped in and done the same thing, without thought or hesitation. Was it smart? Probably not... but it's all about the kind of person you are.

It's all about characterization. Seriously.... I mean, I swerve my vehicle to avoid hitting butterflies, but there are folks out there who don't even see them, or worse, thrive on pulling off their wings.


The characters in my NaNo novel are developing. I wanted to make my heroine's ex-hubby slightly abusive, but he won't fall in line. He's controlling, yes, but not mean. Damn it.

I wanted my heroine to be a big person, tall and Amazonion, instead it seems that, though she is a bit chubby, she's petite. Damn it again.

My hero is the only one who hasn't changed something significant about himself. I suppose that means that I had a better handle on him. Oddly, this happens a lot. I tend to know my heroes far better than my heroines and, in fact, write more than half the story from the hero's POV. I wonder why that is?

Enough rambling. I have words to write. My heroine is about to take on her daughter -- a girl who keeps calling dear old dad and updating him on the heroine's day-to-day activities. Needless to say, my heroine is a little annoyed.


Today I was determined to hit the halfway mark, and decided to sit here until I did. Well, I did. Barely. I managed to write 1,574 words.

My writing total is: 25,356 / 50,000


Allie Boniface said...

Half-way...that's cause for celebration!!

anno said...

Halfway is a major cause for celebration! I hope that's what we're reading about tomorrow... Congratulations!

P.S. If my dog were in danger, I'm sure I would do something equally foolish.