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I luff my antagonist.

Current NaNoWriMo Wordcount: 26,837
Last Sentence: Down in the village, a door banged - its sound carrying up to the two watchers on the ridge - and a figure stepped out, momentarily silhouetted in the lamp light.
Last Line of Dialogue: "One near the centre," said Eira, peering through the gloom. "Next to your crossroads. Low thatch. A stone trough outside."

Over half way. Huzzah!

So, a big problem I have when writing normally (i.e. December through to October!) is that I will regularly become disillusioned with my work and scrap it all to start again. During NaNo, I can't afford to waste wordcount like that. So if I write myself into a rut or realise that the last few paragraphs have taken the story in a completely stupid direction, instead of deleting it I just cut the offending words out, paste them at the bottom of my document and put a line through them. This is a 'legal' NaNo move, I know a lot of people do it! That way, I'm making the statement that "this is shit and no longer part of the story", thus appeasing my inner egotist and allowing me to carry on writing without suddenly being several words down.

I have nearly ten thousand words in strikethrough. Ya really. That pretty much says it all, doesn't it. I think I should apply this strikethrough method to my normal writing, too.

I am having a lot of fun with my current character, who - as it turns out - will be the story's antagonist. He's basically a wild man who is very animal-like in his behaviour, so is interesting to write. My original cast (Finn, Gryce and Thorne) are still active, I just have two sets of characters who begin apart but will gradually be drawn together.

Anyway. Sorry for the wordy post; I'm going to get to the 27K mark and then call it a day.


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Nov. 16th, 2013 01:09 pm (UTC)
Go Sari, Go! :D You are beating me, and I like it! XD

I actually have a few spots in my novel where I go "(That didn't happen. This did.)" and then keep on writing.

The one year that I continued Shadowwalker, I had actually started with a different story, and ended up striking out about three chapters before switching to Shadowwalker. Perfectly legal! :D
Nov. 16th, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
oh but that's BRILLIANT! I try to make notes in my manuscript like [uh, that was stupid, re-write that again now!] but your way is SO MUCH BETTER!!!!
Nov. 18th, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
The strikethrough idea is a good one! I may have to steal it. :)
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