Wednesday, November 17, 2010

When in doubt...

...give your character a mental illness. Which gives us a segue into the catch-up memes:
Day 15 - Do any of your characters have a disability or mental illness?  If so, how does that affect their development throughout your story?
If I had actually done this particular meme entry on the actual day 15 of NaNo, the answer would have been "no" (well, maybe the zombies, but there's a lot wrong with them), but today, that all changed.

I think Virginia is going to turn out to be crazy-nuts, based on her traumatic experiences. Most of her backstory is a hallucination and the resolution of the story is now going to be about trying to save her from herself and Bluejay, rather than trying to heal the zombie-fied children. Because there wasn't a way to save the zombie-fied children.
Day 16 - At around the half-way point, it bears mentioning that most of us wrimos have other obligations beside simply hitting that elusive word count.  What else do you have going on in your life (work, school, children, neurotic pets, etc.), and just how much are you shafting it to win NaNo?
School, work, sleep. Sleep is getting a shorter end of the stick, but mostly it's been NaNo losing out this year.
Day 17 - In what time period is your novel set?  Is it in this world or another?
Eh, I'd say a slightly alternate version of this world (y'know, to accommodate the fairies) somewhere in the future, after some sort of world-wide near-apocalypse.

Still behind, but feeling good now that I have a slightly more definite resolution in mind. Still gotta figure out how Ian's going to play back in, but we'll see if he redeems himself or not.

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