Any of you familiar with the process of writing a novel length story understand that it might not go as planned. You may have thought that you had it all planned out; your outline complete; your beginning, middle, and ending in place; and all you had to do was sit down and write it.
Then, after about 8,000 – 10,000 words your characters started to come to life and argue with your plans. Perhaps one refused to be attracted to the person to whom they were assigned. Maybe they had different ideas on what adventure they wanted to go on. With luck, their ideas are better than yours and everything is still flowing smoothly. If not, you may need to have a sit down with your characters and explain that you are the boss and they have to shape up or ship out.
Thankfully my characters are behaving themselves, as long as I give them freedom to do whatever they want – one of the perks for not having an outline. However, as I reached the end of the week I discovered part of my concept was so complicated that it would be better and easier to take a different approach.
My original plan was to write half of the story in modern-day and the other half based around the life of Nefertiti. The two were going to merge in a brilliant way I hadn’t thought of yet and Voila – the next Da Vinci Code. The funny thing about writing something historically accurate is that you have to know that history backwards and forwards. I didn’t. I found myself spending more hours learning about the fascinating life of Nefertiti and customs of the royal palace than writing about them. Time for a compromise.
After careful thought I decided to drop the Nefertiti storyline, I can’t do it the justice it deserves. Instead, I will focus on the modern-day story, which is more than plenty to finish NaNoWriMo. At the end, if the story feels complete without it then making the change was a good decision, if not then I know I have something to work on.