NaNoWriMo 2013, Day 19

NaNoWriMo 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013

I’m charting my daily progress on NaNoWriMo. Since you may or may not care, I’ll kindly hide it. Thanks for taking the time. :)

NaNoWriMo Progress: MCU Case Files: Death Scene
Actual Required
New Words Today 3389 1667
Daily Average 1758 1667
Remaining Req’d
Daily Avg
1383 1667
Expected Total 50000 50000


  • I feel like I’ve said this several times before, but this time, I really mean it. :) I have a waterproof notepad in my shower that I keep in there to write down ideas I have while showering. The other day, I had an idea and wrote it down, but didn’t rip the paper off and take it with me to work like I usually do. So, this morning, I glanced over at it and read it, and continued taking my shower. And suddenly, the entire backstory popped into my head, fully formed. (It didn’t sound like Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, but there was an almost audible click.) The crime that happened several years ago that caused the murderer to want to victims dead. The relationship amongst the victims and the murderer. Why the murderer waited so long to seek revenge/justice.
  • So, today, I wrote the first part of that backstory. The crime committed by the first and second victims and the involvement of the third victim. Why no one knows about the crime other than the younger brother of the first victim and the killer.
  • Tomorrow, I fully intend to write the second part — why the murderer is after these people and why so long a wait. Etc. It’s stuff that I will never actually publish, but I have to know what happened, so by writing it, I will cement the events in my head, and there won’t be anymore second-guessing myself.
  • Originally, these book had a series of really bizarre murders: burning at the stake, guillotine, a recreation of the final crime scene of Jack the Ripper. The victims were seemingly random. The motives of the murderer were murky. I have completely thrown all of that out and revamped everything except who the murderer is. And the title. I like the title, dammit. :)
  • Favorite thing I had to look up: Since it was one of the very few things I had to look up, I have to pick: unkind things to say to people in Spanish. My two future victims got into a fight, in spite of the fact that they’re best friends. (Things like cabrón or pendejo.)
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