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November 15th, 2005

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01:02 pm - All about NaNo (mostly)
My word count stands, as of midnight last night, at: 18,010. That's after writing more in one sittng than I have yet (by a couple hundred words, but still!), and working through a serious bout of writer's block.

I totally wrote myself into this. I did. When I'm working with the characters I already know well, with Jim and Blair and Simon, or even with original characters like Gina and Det. Brock, I'm all right.

But no. I had to make the plot, or at least a large part of it, hinge on a ten-year-old autistic boy. *headdesk*

First problem: it's not easy to write a productive scene between this boy and other characters. I've had to do it twice now, and it's like pulling teeth. Which is probably what it's like for Jim and Blair, too, but that doesn't make it any less annoying.

Second problem: I have now reached the end of my plotted stuff, and have only a vague sense of how the timeline is supposed to progress for the next third of the story. Which is mighty stressful for me.

I think maybe I'll blow something up. Or have someone get shot. Who's expendable right now....?

mistraltoes, I was bad last night and worked on the Numb3rs ficlet. :-) Now I'm fine with the Charlie bits, and it's Don's POV which now needs fixing. If I get too stuck on NaNo, I'll go do that so I can post it.
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Date:November 15th, 2005 11:39 pm (UTC)
Have you read "The Speed of Dark" by Elizabeth Moon? (I hope that's the correct title and author, I can't check my bookshelf just now). Stars an autistic guy. May be inspiring, or may cause you to despair. Your call. 8-)
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Date:November 16th, 2005 05:39 am (UTC)
Hmmm! I think I've heard of that book. I may have to go looking for it after NaNo is over--because one of the things I know is going to get heavily rewritten is anything directly involving Sean (the autistic kid).

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Date:November 19th, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
Well, movin' right along.

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