It’s day 4 of NaNoWriMo and it seems that many of my contacts on facebook are taking part. This is my first year participating and I must say I’m enjoying it very much. It is good discipline to make yourself write every day and even if you don’t reach the 50 k you’ll have pushed yourself and learned a little more of what you’re capable of.
I’m doing okay with it so far. My total stands at just over 20 k and I’m on track to hit the 50 k on the 9th November. My novel will be longer than that though; I like my novels to be between 80 – 100 k and it would be super awesome to finish the whole thing in the month. I’ve completed 4 chapters so far and the real action has just begun.
The only difficulty I’m having is actually nothing to do with it being NaNoWriMo. I’m having a problem making my protagonist nasty enough. You see, my main guy is not nice, in fact he’s a bastard but I am finding it a real job to make him horrible enough. I love writing nice guys and I find them easy and natural but this character is proving a challenge. As with all my characters though, he is building himself in the way he wants to be and I’ve learned not to fight my characters when they dictate stuff. I let them have the lead and they know I will listen to them. I may argue sometimes but they always get their own way in the end. Jake isn’t a nice guy but I’m finding he’s building himself into a different kind of not nice than I envisioned at the start. His not niceness comes from his own ignorance rather than any real malice; he is so up his own ass that he just doesn’t see what a prick he is and how he pisses people off. He is building himself into a far more sophisticated kind of not nice than I thought he would be and y’know what? I like the guy.
Another thing I didn’t plan or envision when I began was how much sex there would be in this book. I knew there would have to be some, seeing as how my character is a narcissistic megalomaniac celebrity, but even I’m surprised at how often he ‘whips it out.’ This is definitely going to be an 18+ novel.
I’ve also been formulating ideas for the cover art and have a brilliant idea, which I’m not going to tell you about. The last time I shared a cover before it was published, some other asshole chick stole my idea and published 2 weeks before I was due to. My cover art guy had to race around looking for a new idea. Luckily we found one and it’s actually better than the one I had planned to use so all ended well. So I’m keeping this idea under wraps. This book won’t be published until mid summer anyway so there’s no hurry. I have the fourth and final volume in The Lilean Chronicles series coming out in the first week of December, then I have a second of my novella series to write so I can publish the first pair as a single volume in spring of 2013 and then it will be time for my NaNo project to come out in summer. I also had a full plot idea fall right into my head the other night as I sat trawling through facebook, so I be getting on with writing that once my first novella pair is published.
So all is well on the writing front here. I just wish people would buy the books so I can eat and pay a few bills..!