NaNoWriMo Diary – Days 22-28

Hello everyone! Due to my new hours at work at life getting in the way, I haven’t made much progress on NaNoWriMo over the last seven days. It pains me to say it, but I’m not going to be able to finish with the 30,000 I wanted for this year.

My word count for NaNoWriMo has risen to 23,000, bringing the word count of my manuscript to 43,000. I didn’t expect to shift perspectives towards my novel’s villain, Ricky Martin, but I felt that it was important to build on and ground the character’s insidious intentions. He is a bully towards Andrew and enjoys using his brute strength to harm others, but this is a result of negligent parents who worship his younger siblings over him. Ricky never had the academic smarts that his siblings do, and he feels like a failure. He needs a bit more acknowledgement from his family, but since they’re not up to it, he decides to rebel against anyone who tries to tell him what to do, believing that he has already came of age and the licence to do as he pleases. He enjoys the power he has away from his family, and is obsessed with being the hardest kid in his year, but that’ll come back to bite him, I reckon.

I got the idea to write from outside the perspectives of my main characters through reading A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. That’s what Martin does to fully humanise his characters: use different points of view to explore different reactions from them. The defining moments lie in the decision making of the many fictional characters in Westeros, which contextualises the action and makes it much more gripping to read. 

The best thing about it is that it brings me closer to another central character in my book, an interesting counterpart to Andrew Milton in many ways. Ricky’s powers are not supernatural, but his brute strength, intimidating nature and enjoyment in belittling others fuel the antiheroic desires of Andrew, leading to conflict with Claire. 

Enough from me, I’d be giving you spoilers if I said anymore.

How are your projects coming along? Two more days to go!

Happy writing!

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