I just signed up for NaNoWriMo the other day (check out their site if you haven’t already, it’s great!) and found you’re allowed to start planning your plot ahead of time… so I have started, getting all excited over this Great Idea I had. But was it wise to start so early?
This morning one of my characters, a Good character, suddenly went bad and killed someone. *scratches my head* how come he did that? He was a perfectly good person before, and suddenly it has to get so complicated. I now have to figure out why he killed that person, what happens to him as a result of that, how the other characters react when they find out —- and most importantly, is he Good or Bad? Everything else can be explained away – well, it actually makes the story much more interesting – but now I kind of have this fuzzy picture of someone who did something Bad and I don’t really know Who He Is anymore.
I posed the Good or Bad? question to my Mum and she said ‘Is there really such a thing as a Good or Bad Person?’
I suppose not. ‘Mostly Good or Mostly Bad, then?’
‘Is there such a thing as…’ ‘Yes, there IS!’ I think. That’s right, isn’t it? At least in stories?
So who is my character, really?
It’s like I knew who he was before and now his character is changed so fundamental parts of the plot should really change too. It feels kind of unsettling, but at the same time I don’t want to take the ‘killing someone’ bit back because — I suppose it makes for a really interesting story. It’s certainly interesting just trying to create a plot. But what’s really kind of annoying is the not knowing who my character is, so I don’t know how he should react to certain situations that come up in the story. Good or Bad? Average human, slightly nasty or pure Evil? I think I can rule out Evil because I’ve tried writing Evil characters before… while easy to picture, if they are prominent in the story I actually find they’re too boring and predictable. Predictably Evil, but still predictable!
My plot is mutating and the characters are morphing and changing into creatures I never imagined they could be….
But it’s these very elements that create an environment that fosters— what am I doing? using scientific speak! *whack self on head* this is supposed to be a blog… lets just say it’s starting to get exciting/confusing/annoying in that curious blend that equals Great Fun. And November isn’t even close!
😦 😐 🙂