I knew it would happen. It always does, just not quite so early into NaNo.
My prep work included five characters:
The protagonist and her boyfriend,
The protagonist’s mother (the antagonist) and her lover,
The protagonist’s mentor.
There are a handful of tertiary characters necessary to move the story along, but nothing more.
The gruff, veteran chopper pilot was only supposed to give the heroine a ride to the commercial airport, but that was just too easy.
The second she’s in the chopper, I become possessed by a fictional character!
He takes over the scene spouting truths and wisdom which actually helped my heroine. I’m doing the typing, but a character I know nothing about is doing the talking. Weird. But, I let the dialogue stand… for now, and I got her out of that chopper!
She continues on her journey to say goodbye to a friend and confront her past when it all overwhelms her.
Fortunately, there’s a strategically placed tourist stand for her to pull over and collect herself.
The grandmotherly owner, who’s a dead ringer for Betty White, is supposed to ring up the heroine’s purchase…nothing more, when BAM! I’m again possessed by a fictional character!
But grandma Betty is good, delivering her own wisdom that actually helps and puts the heroine in the right frame of mind for what’s coming.
It’s times like this I wonder why I bother to plan at all.
I have no idea who will show up next, but why should I? I’m just the writer… the characters are the boss of me.
NaNoWriMo Day 4 word count – 3125
Total – 8669/50000