NaNoWriMo2011 – Day19 & Day 20

Title of novel: Let It Burn

Word count till date: 32,793

Being back home in Aberdeen bring mixed memories for Julia, including one that she cannot quite remember…

Joyce finally tells Paulie that she is pregnant.

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NaNoWriMo2011 – Day 17

Title of novel: Let It Burn

Word count till date: 28,432

Julia prepares for a meeting with Bruno who has been doing great work for La Belle as they plan an entry into the Asian market and business-to-business marketing campaigns.

Felicia finds out she is in the early stages of breast cancer and is considering taking no treatment at all.

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Crossing the Halfway mark: NaNoWriMo2011 Day 14 & Day 15

Title of novel: Let It Burn

Word count till date: 25,093

Julia discovers Joyce and Paulie are together and her friendship with Joyce seems to be over. Julia finally confides in her sister, Sandra. Work at La Belle proves a little difficult so Julia seeks help from Bruno who agrees to help and subsequently resigns from BestMe.

Frank gives Julia an ultimatum to either marry him or end their relationship. Julia turns down his proposal.

Felicia awaits the results of a mammogram and she fears the worst.

After holding back for many months, Julia decides to begin an online conversation with Paulie (via Yahoo Messenger) without Joyce’s knowledge.

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I wrote my butt off to cross the halfway mark. Much of it probably doesn’t make sense but I’m proud I’ve got over 25,000 words down. Funny how this book seems to be writing itself!

 

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NaNoWriMo2011 – Day 11 to Day 13

Title of novel: Let It Burn

Word count till date: 20,258

Julia has a recurring dream about how her father died. She manages to avoid Bruno as she gets ready to leave for La Belle. Martha tells her why Samuel may have landed the VP role instead of Julia.

Joyce takes on Paulie’s case and Julia finds out something that tears her heart to pieces.

 

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How I’m really doing with novel-writing mania.

Today, I thought I should grumble a little.

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As I write this novel, I am really excited and I have a strong sense of ‘Oh-my-God-I-may-actually-finish-this!’ But at the same time, I’m highly critical of my work. I’m not a great fan of my main character at the moment. It worries me because there’s a fair bit of me in her so I should like her, right? There may a psychological explanation for that one. Also, I think I’m not funny enough in my writing. I’m naturally quite witty person in real life but I find that I’m taking a rather serious voice in the book. It’s not bad but I’m not sure if it’s good either.  Then, there’s my characters. I think I have too many, to be honest. I don’t know what I was thinking. I’m at a loss for how to keep up with them. There’s the occasional dilemma of whether I should name the door man or the receptionist when they will probably never appear again. I ask myself it’s important to know Frank’s home address. And I wonder whether it’s okay that I’ve made up half a dozen places in London!

 

Oh well. The pep talk on NaNo this week was at about ignoring the irrelevancies such as the characters’ goings and comings, and whether they opened the door and left or whether they showered before going to work. It’s funny because I was just wondering about that yesterday. The advice of Jonathan Letham on this week’s pep talk was to let your characters ‘leave without leaving’ if you get the drift.

 

Alas I’ll press on this weekend. I’m roughly 30% complete when I should really be 34% or so done but I won’t let that depress me. I tried to do something spontaneous with my main character last week by having her steal something, have a one night stand, get arrested or something like that. But I think I’m somehow protecting her… but I brought myself to allow her get drunk :-). In a strange way, It’s like having her misbehave will reflect badly on me even though the story is fabricated (of course). I’ll try to push through that this weekend. It may put me in sour mood as my dear girl wonders off into some rubbish act but I think it’s worth it.

 

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