8029th word, Villain Logic

Its 2am, I’m tired and going to bed, and felt like posing a quick update on my NaNoWriMo stats, so here goes.

Today is the 15th, the midway mark to get to 50k words. I’m not even close yet, but I have increased by wordcount to just over 8k:

I've just hit my 8029th word!

I've just hit my 8029th word!

Though I have a lot of work ahead of me, I feel I’m in a good spot.  My story is almost complete, and considering this was my first draft – and was mostly written on my phone while commuting – I expect the editing process will help baloon the number of words upwards.   What remains to be seen is how many words I can add between now and November 30th ( I may have a few overnight writing sessions between now and then to boost my numbers).

I’m also starting to write some very interesting and difficult parts, the most difficult of which probably have to do with writing the villains in the story.  I find its important to have a villain that is not stupid-evil, but rather that makes somewhat intelligent and rational decisions.  The kind of villain that someone would read and think:

“I don’t like him, but I understand why he did what he did.”

Its much more fun when you can feel that kind of a connection with the villain and see not only what they want to do, but why they want to do it.  

That Why? question is important, because otherwise the villain is just a plain, cartoonish caricature of a bad guy, and writing those kinds of characters is about as interesting as reading them.

And with that said, I’m off to bed… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz :)

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