Day 24 – Milestone Reached!
Alright, so, yesterday turned out to be a bit of a bust as far as writing went. I started very late in the day and only managed a meager 380 words before deciding that it just wasn’t working out for me. On a completely unrelated note, Dawn of War is as fun as ever and you should totally play it at some point if you’ve never done so.
Today, thankfully, went a lot better. I went just over my thousand-word target, bringing my overall word count up to 20700. By the end of today’s session, the Big Scene (or at least a lousy first draft of it) had been written and the first act of the story brought to a close. By my reckoning, I’m now about a fifth to a quarter of the way through the overall story line.
As I mentioned in my last post, I consider the point I’m at now to be something of a milestone. So in order to celebrate that, and because I said in a comment some time ago that I would be doing this, I thought I’d say a few words about my parasitic character.
At the beginning of the novel, this creature has been living as a pet to my protagonist and their family for several years. While several other members of its species have been known to visit human homes from time to time, this is one of the very few which have remained with one family for so long. By now, it has gotten pethood down to a fine art and knows precisely how to get what it wants, when it wants, all the while pretending to be far dumber than it really is.
As I’ve mentioned before, the character is parasitic in nature. This is known to the humans it lives with but is of no concern to them: once it nears adulthood, they fully expect it to leave them behind in order to live a natural life. The problem with this is that the character is already close to being fully grown and is still showing no intentions of leaving. That, funnily enough, is because it does not in fact intend to leave. The creature has grown to like its adoptive family very much over the years and now wishes to stay with them. Unfortunately, it’s taken a liking to one particular member of the family just a little bit too much…
So, there you have it. Tomorrow, I’ll be briefly looking over what I’ve got so far and making notes on changes I already think are needed, and then I’ll be launching straight into the novel’s second and longest act. Looks like I have a way to go yet 🙂