I didn’t expect getting too much work done yesterday but since a family occasion got moved to today at the last moment, I found myself suddenly with plenty of time to write. Unfortunately, it also took me some time to settle myself and get writing so I decided to be constructive in my procrastination.
This took the form of working out what exactly I was going to do with a sub-plot line that had taken on a life of its own during the writing. I had introduced the idea of their being an expectation on my FMC to settle down, get married, have and raise children and being a submissive housewife to her husband, now she had finished with her education “nonsense” (her parents words). This had meant to be a means to an end to show the sort of ideology surrounding women on the island I had created for my story. Think of the sort of societal ideas and expectations between 1900 and the 1960’s, particularly in the UK and the US and you have a good idea of what my FMC is trying to fight against.
I just want to quickly state now that I am not saying it is a bad thing to be a home-maker and raise children at home supported by one salary. If a person CHOOSES that path for themselves, excellent. I just don’t agree with the idea that it is a woman’s duty and role in life to do it and she has NO CHOICE in the matter. To housewives and house-husbands of the world, I salute you!
Back to my novel problem, what was meant to be a passing means to an end and has developed into a sub-plot and storyline of its own and I started thinking, ‘well, what could her parents do to MAKE her get married and fall into line?’ They had already failed trying to play matchmaker and get her with a man who is actually gay. (Her parents don’t have gaydar since homosexuality, though not illegal, is highly frowned upon on the island). It took some messing around, Google searches on the web and chatting with my fellow WriMo’s to finally come up with a solution: an arranged marriage with a legally binding contract behind it to make my FMC marry. Thank you to Karina for suggesting it and helping me figure it out. You know who you are and I love you for it. How I am going to implement it, I am unsure yet but it gives me words and possible places to go to help me write and get to 50,000 words.
Figuring that out and getting the idea noted down helped me settle down and after some more chatting with people to help me figure out how to write an argument, I finished at 12:45AM this morning on 15,057 words.
Sunday’s are days when I normally slouch around, don’t do much except surf the web, watch copious amounts of TV including The Big Bang Theory and The Simpsons and since I had the family event today, I have not started writing yet. Yes, I know, I am setting myself up to gain a deficit again after only just managing to clear the last! Even so, I have not stopped thinking about my novel. It was as I was doing my second set of physiotherapy for the day and thinking about how I am at 15k and I haven’t even started the real story yet and thinking about how I need to edit it seriously come December possibly that I realised I could up the stakes on the marriage front and the character’s own determination to remove the expectation on women, to give them a choice in their lives that it occurred to me that her father was a ruling council member of the island on which the story is set! Don’t you just hate it when you get so far and you realise something big about your characters and story?!
So yes, that’s how my NaNoWriMo has evolved in the last 36 to 48 hours.
P.S.: May I also salute and call for people to remember all those who have fallen in wars and conflicts around the world. Today is Remembrance Sunday or Armistice Day. I feel they are the most fitting I can come up with, from the Wilfred Owen poem:
Translation: “It is sweet and right to die for your country.”
- NaNoWriMo Tip #6: Don’t Think Like an Editor (Yet) (mediabistro.com)
- NaNoWriMo: the month-long novelist (telegraph.co.uk)