NaNo Cometh

I joined in on the crazy National Novel Writing Month activity last November, and managed to complete 50,000 words in 30 days with minimal cheating. Last year’s novel was an attempt at what I thought would be quite simple — a cozy mystery. It proved to be difficult when two characters started arguing with me about who should be the villain. My biggest problem, I think, was that my characters disliked conflict. Well, duh. Without conflict there is no novel.

What I ended up with was some pretty funny dialogue that my writing group friends suggested I turn into a stage play. I tried, but didn’t get very far. Structure. Structure. Structure. I seem to have a problem with it.

I still have plans to turn my first NaNo experiment into a play, but in the meantime, it’s almost November again. I have decided to take my sacred, cherished characters from a writing project I’ve been working on for over 20 years — and throw them under the bus. They’ve been stagnant on the page for too long.

The fact is, I have been comfortable with these characters’ flatness because it was all a part of the message of the story. It’s about post-modern disconnectedness. The people are — obviously — disconnected in varying degrees. No wonder I can’t seem to bring them to life.

That’s why I decided to throw them in a centrufuge and see what happens. What damage could I possibly do? If I end up with something I don’t like, I don’t have to use it. And if a character is redeemed and graduates to the next level of characterdom, wow… what a breakthrough!

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~ by jackiedoss on October 20, 2008.

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