So much for my idea of posting three times a week – it’s been over a week since my last post, and a week and a half since my last NaNo related post. Unfortunately I often forget that November is extremely busy socially, as well as writing and work and all that other stuff, and so I’ve overestimated my own time management skills.
As of the end of yesterday, I am sitting at close to 16400 words, which leaves me about 3 600 behind (a little over two days). For some, this could and should cause panic and alarm. But for me, I’m not even remotely worried. Back in 2009 (I think), I remember sitting on about 11000 words around November 20, and thinking “I can’t do this” and then promptly doing it, against all odds. Since then, I just know I will find a way to catch up when I fall behind, no matter what (even if this does make me dangerously calm).
While I am staying relatively close to my daily goals, what has been concerning me is the lack of direction in my story. I have three main storylines working around three different characters, and I have now just recently brought two of these together, but I still don’t really know where this is all heading. And as much as I am enjoying writing something silly and (so I am told) funny, I need to add a bit of drive to it otherwise I’ll soon lose interest in my own tale of…whatever this tale is about.
One of the ways I’m considering doing this is by adding a villain of some description. Not only will it bring something new to the story, but it may help bring all my characters together in a more believable manner. But if I add a villain, I also have to think of why he or she is a bad guy, and what their interest is in the main characters. I also need to figure out why my main main character was on the run, before he lost his memory and forgot that the reason he can’t figure out his identity is because it was constantly changing.
As I approach the halfway point, I am more than confident I will finish this novel in time. But will it be any good, or am I going to crash and burn creatively?
How are you going writing your NaNoWriMo novels (if you are participating (obviously))?
What do you think of adding in villains much later in the story?