||[Nov. 24th, 2006|11:43 pm]
Thank heavens, the write-in busted me open, and I'm jogging towards the finish line. Well, the finish line of NaNo, not of the novel. After reworking the outline to match what I wrote tonight, I'm at scene 31 of 58. Note that this second number keeps getting bigger. I had scenes which laid out the base flow of the story, but I found I needed to set up some things and explain others better. This trend has continued as I've been writing.
Strangely enough, I've ended up with something that vaguely follows the Snowflake method, which asserts that you should have three conflicts during the story. Part of the problem I was having, I'm fairly sure, was based on the fact I had finished the first conflict. One of the characters has endured some struggles, come to a decision and started acting on it. It's time for her to step back and allow the other character to undergo her own trial, so she can make her decision and the third conflict can begin. I've been leading up to this second conflict in the earlier parts of the story, and now some things just have to happen. But they aren't related to the issues that were taking center stage for the last five or six scenes, so I was having trouble changing gears. I've now switched over, though I'm certain some of the last scenes need polishing. I don't like the scene that resolves character A's conflict, because I think it tips another character's hand too much.
Anyways, I'm going to reward myself with some Rogue Galaxy. I quit grinding Hunter Points and went back to plot, so fun times for me.
(Why do the mobs have to be so damn RARE?)