*downs more caffeine and pries eyelids open*
Is everyone ready to tackle their MCs, antagonists, plot swerves and plotbunnies today?
I wanted to share a small epiphany with you (or maybe, it was just one of those wonderful coincidences that happen when one's creative spirit is working in overdrive):
At midnight on Thursday morning, I sat down to start my novel. The first scene involves a group of Japanese tourists (including my MC) standing in front of a cathedral and taking pictures. I was describing the scene (it's a real place in my home town) and I needed to describe a row of copper statues of saints located at the top of the cathedral. The MC focuses on one in particular and describes it in detail... but what saint is he?
Not wanting to stop writing to do research, I used the first name that came to mind... Saint-Andrew.
Yesterday, as I got ready to write again, I decided to look up Andrew to see if there were any other details of his life I could incorporate into my novel, and found this:
His feast day is November 30, and he's the patron saint of Scotland.
It's amazing what kinds of cool tricks you end up performing sometimes, isn't it? So on November 30, I'll celebrate the end of my first NaNoWriMo and raise a glass of my favourite Scotch to you all (and to Saint-Andrew, patron saint of my first novel). ;)
What cool/interesting/nifty/downright freaky coincidental things have you discovered through writing your novel in the past few days?