The Last Buttock of Dylan
I’m at 69,640 words which means I’ve only written another 6 ks or so since Nanowrimo ended. So much harder to keep the motivation going when the online (whipping/cheering) community has disappeared and when the silly season and all its social obligations has taken over. I lie. I haven’t been that social. I’ve just been reading instead. (The Host) or watching movies or TV. And a lot of blog hopping.
So I opened up a program I bought called Write Your Own Novel, which is a novel organisational tool. Haven’t used it much before because I’ve written the last few manuscripts organically and haven’t plotted in advance. But at chapter 20 of Reality Check, I’ve decided that I need to rethink/replot the rest of the novel before I can continue writing. The alternative for me would be to write the final chapter, then I have something to head towards.
So I’ve started rewriting the outline from scratch, according to what I actually wrote, instead of what I thought I was going to write. (Because these characters all have minds of their own and characters appeared in the story who were never in the outline but are integral to the story). I’ve also started linking the characters, creating an event summary, and playing with the chart features.
This evening I clicked on the Options button and ‘Generate Title’ to see what alternative titles the computer would come up with. I absolutely cracked up when the program presented me with the title of this post “The Last Buttock of Dylan.” OMG. That is way too funny, and I wonder what happened to his other buttock.
Some of the titles that it presents have absolutely nothing to do with the story all the words that I have put into the program so far (i.e. blurb, first three chapters and character profiles) but sometimes it throws in character’s names in interesting combinations. Here’s a sample:
Siobhan’s Loathing in the Presence of Dylan.
The Bitterness of Siobhan
The Curse of Kirsty
Luke Radcliffe loves Nettie (hang on, who the hell is Nettie? she’s not in this book, or Making the Cut)
The Law According to Dylan
And some random bizarre ones:
Nobody Needs a Clock
Revenge of the Shiny Hearing Aids
The Casino of Ecstasy
The Strip Club of Pity
The Indian Restaurant of Sorrow
Night of the Manic Videos
Misery after Hair-pieces (that could fit Genevieve!)
The Cinema of Bitterness
Um, I think I’ll stick to “Reality Check” for now.