Monday, November 28, 2011

End of the NaNo road for me

I'm straggling to the end, coming in at just under 35k. But I'm not disappointed; it's 35,000 words I didn't have to work with at the beginning of November, and I'm off to a good start on book two of The Goddess Connection series. Time doesn't allow me to work on the story anymore this month, unfortunately, though of course I'll return to it. After life stops interrupting.

I floundered a bit, mid-month, because the story took off in an unexpected direction, and I wasn't sure I was happy with it.

So I actually went back to my ghost story and added a few thousand words. That story, too, went in an unexpected direction, but it was a pleasant surprise.

Then I put together the TBR blog.

Then my NaNo story grabbed me again. That's the way it goes sometimes. I let the characters take me by the hand and lead me where they wanted to go. Characters always seem to know best.

Sometimes, their language tends to be more colorful than I personally use. That was one of the things that didn't set well, but some of the characters being demons, they were bound to talk that way, lol. I toned it down a bit, though, because I know when I'm reading sometimes it takes me away from the story if a character overuses expletives.

What about you - does it bother you to read bad language? Or does it feel real if it fits the character?

7 comments:

Michael Offutt, Expert Critic said...

You could always do your own nano.

Cate Masters said...

It's pretty much NaNo all year long for me anyway, Michael. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

As you said, it's 35,000 words further than you were four weeks ago!
Language in the movies doesn't bother me, but I don't like my reading material littered with it. I guess something about seeing those words in print...

Cate Masters said...

Good point, Alex. I'll take that into consideration. Glad I asked, though, because I tend to gloss over them.

Angela Brown said...

You've been very busy with lots of awesomeness. You have the TBR blog that you've got going. You've got 35k words for a story that you didn't have before. Sounds like some serious winning to me.

Cate Masters said...

This has been another crazy busy year, Angela. NaNo's great for an extra push, but I try to keep the mindset all year long. Gotta write while I'm still breathing, lol.

Michael said...

I didnt finish either but I can see myself picking it back up by the end of year.

Congrats on what you did do.

SLira aka Michael M