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Day two of NaNoWriMo and all is well. I've passed the 5,000 word mark (10% of the way there!). My story is starting to take shape, I've not plotted it out thoroughly, I only know there is a murder and a reason and the 'who it is' might surprise me. You can buddy me at charmaineclancy.
I was worried I'd struggle with NaNoWriMo this year, because I've been working full-time as a substitute teacher, at the moment I'm an Art Teacher (it's such a beautifully creative environment, I feel inspired to write!). We've had a few issues at my school because the new French teacher was not getting a good response from the kids and has decided that subject is not for her, so, until we get a new French teacher, I will be taking those classes too. Great, except, I don't speak French. I've downloaded an audiobook and I'm cramming in the language so I can teach the kids (I only have to stay one lesson ahead).
What does this have to do with NaNoWriMo? I was listening to my French tape while typing and decided to abruptly change a character's nationality to French. Secondary character Alisha is now Francine. So what do you do if you change your mind about something big in your novel?
Well, you DON'T go back and change it! Just type on as if Alisha were always Francine. I typed one line in capitals:
ALISHA IS NOW FRENCH AND LET'S CALL HER FRANCINE.
I'll find it in the edits and fix the inconsistencies.
So if you get stuck for ideas, just look around and steal the first thing you see! NaNo on!