WIP update (Day 47 of novel)
The last few days have been good ones for my WIP. I’ve been adding roughly a thousand words each day, bringing my total just shy of 37k. Had it not been for last week, I’d have an average pretty close to a thousand by now.
Anyway, the big thing to report is that my protagonist has now begun to apply a bit of assertiveness and analysis to their situation. Their naivity and childishness is still very much there, but they are actually trying to think their way through the situation they are in. In other words, they are beginning to – shock horror – develop.
This is great and all, except that it wasn’t supposed to happen this way. I was working on a part of a scene which was only supposed to last a paragraph or so, and then all of a sudden it snowballed and became a scene on its own. In this scene, my character inadvertently stumbles across a potential solution to their problems while acting out of sheer stubbornness. Granted, this solution is going to turn out to be insufficient on its own, but it’s still going to lead to a fair amount of development of both the the protagonist themselves and their parasitic “pet”. Quite what this means for the rest of my outline, I’m not quite sure.
Well, what can I say? It’s not like I actually control what’s happening in this. I’m just writing the thing.
All joking aside, I’m both glad and thrilled that this has happened. Put simply, it has shown me that I can still surprise myself while writing this novel. Given how much time I spent planning it, I was wondering if writing it up would still feel exciting. I can now safely say that it does and, in all likelihood, will continue to do so for a long time yet
Anyone else working on something big at the moment? Had anything similar happen to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts.