Day 16 word count goal: 1,667 x 16 = 26,672
Current word count: 23,842
I'm plugging along doggedly on my Nano novel, trying not to get stalled out, worrying about silly things like quality. Or continuity - I'm fairly sure my main character's aunt was childless about 5,000 words ago but now has a three year old son named Toby. Ah, the beauty of invention according to need. I'm getting more invested in my MC, a fourteen year old boy named Jason who's watching from the middle as his parents' marriage disintegrates and his relatives begin sniping with each other after his grandfather's funeral.
His parents had already split up at the beginning of Nano, but I found I wasn't as prepared to understand Jason as the child of divorce, age seventeen. So, here I am, backing up to age sixteen, then fifteen, now fourteen. I'm not sure if there is an actual structural decision at work here so much as the phenomenon known as "not having even thought about a plot or a single character prior to November 1st."
Every scene that requires a bit of explanation turns into exploration of backstory instead. In one chapter, Jason aged sixteen was about to get on the phone with his gran, who is still in England, where his family is from. He makes a teasing comment about being sure she's seeing someone special and who is it. Then I thought - what the hell happened to Jason's grandfather? Why would his gran being seeing someone? So, I left him with his gran not having answered the question; I was only going to explain about his grandfather's death in a sentence or two and return to the phone call. And that was about 10,000 words ago.
I know in another time/space continuum Jason's there, holding the receiver. But he's also fourteen, hiding out in the kitchen with his two aunts (one of whom now has the kid, Toby), and avoiding the tension between his parents who are sitting in the dining room, not speaking to each other.
I think Jason's Granddad has left him his car in his will and there will be a big old family set to about it, given that the car is in England and he lives in California now - where his dad has a job and his mum DOES NOT WANT TO BE. And also the fact that he's fourteen and therefore can't legally drive. The sixteen year old Jason on the phone with his gran, I don't know if he's a car owner or not. They find this out at the reading of the will, but that hasn't happened yet. And Jason's mum's just told him he can't go to the lawyers with the rest of the family. His gran intervenes. Or at least I think she does. It hasn't happened yet. Or, it has, but I don't know about it. But who does, if not me? Ah.