A few brief words of advice about getting to 50k.
A few NaNoWrimos back I tried to write a sci-fi space race with zombies.
It was a sort of unofficial sequel to my zombie NaNoWrimo novel from the year before.
Unfortunately, I got to 25k and after several Write Ins of starting at the blank page I hit page break and started a new story. Suffice to say I’ll be going back to the zombies once I’m done with the current work in progress. In the end, I made it to 50k and have two stories to edit soon or later.
I’ve never been a fan of first person, but I’ve come around recently with the amount of Urban Fantasy I’ve been reading. So this next suggestion only works with third person.
All of my works in progress is third person with several different points of view.
One of those views is the villain.
This allows for a few things to happen: First, you don’t stay with Harry Potter for the entire book and you get to stretch out the universe around your characters without talking heads, info dumping and the James Bondian villain explaining it all.
It reminds me a bit of why I hate the plots of Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, the Empire POV lacked immensely due to there was no Empire POV and the Jedi’s were complete idiots.
At least in New Hope, Empire and Jedi there were some Empire POV that moved the plot forward.
Starting in the middle of the conversation helps a bit if you don’t want to deal with the slow build up.
Deathbar Count update later on tonight…