I’ve not been terribly enamoured with my nano novel for the last couple of days. It seems to consist mostly of people standing around talking. And sighing. They sigh a lot.
I’m a firm believer of the adage, ‘if it’s boring to write, it’s boring to read’.
I needed to get my characters out and doing stuff again so I decided to break out the ‘plot escapes’. These are a list of exciting/crazy things that could happen in the novel. When I’m struggling to write I wheel them out. Today was randomly selected…
No.17. caught in a wildfire.
I wasn’t sure how this was going to work as most of my main characters are in an underground bunker in a city. Not so many trees. But then I realised I’d just started writing a flashback sequence set twenty years earlier in the foothills of a mountain. A wildfire was not only possible, it turned out to work really well, allowing me to introduce a character who is a sociopath. She actually set the fire, despite knowing her brother was in the area, because she was curious what would happen.
Today’s word count was 1,899 words, for a grand total of 8,705, slightly ahead of target.