Days 9 and 10 – Plan? What plan?
I realized that my “about” page is hideously out of date not so long ago. I’m probably going to have to fix that in the near future.
So, yeah: I ended up missing my update yesterday. The good news here is that, unlike last time this happened, I still managed to hit my target of 1 k in a day. I hit just over 1k today, too. I’ve now got approximately 9100 words after 10 days of writing. According to my excel spreadsheet, my average is 925. I’m…not quite sure what happened there, to be honest.
At any rate, things seem to be going pretty well right now. Most of my main cast has been introduced at this point and they all seem to be developing distinct personalities. My protagonist is acting a bit naive and thick right now, but that it entirely intentional; they’ll get over it later, believe me. The only slight issue is that I already seem to be deviating from my plan in several ways.
For starters, it seems to have become a minor plot point that the schooling system in my world sucks royally. This is particularly impressive given that I’d never really considered how schooling would work in my plan, on account of the fact that my teenage protagonist spends so little time in education: once the proverbial poop hits the fan, they stop going and then only go back again towards the end of the book. In terms of why it sucks…well essentially, it’s the sort of system which required its students to put in excessive hours in order to truly get anywhere in it. Needless to say, there’s a number real-world curricula that I’ll be taking inspiration from in this regard.
Furthermore ended up writing a scene today which wasn’t in the plan at all. Essentially, I realized that I hadn’t yet shown that the drug my protagonist keeps getting high on is, in fact, highly addictive. Thus, I’ve now put my protagonist in a situation where they’re not going to get their daily dose of the stuff, meaning that tomorrow’s scene will largely consist of them going into withdrawal. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to present this yet, but I suppose that’s half the fun of the whole process.
On a separate note, I reckon it’ll be another 5000 words before I begin to really do my blog’s name proud in this book. I’m quite looking forward to that, I must say.