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As you might already know, I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year! This is the sixth year I've done it (I think... doing this every year since 2005 makes this my sixth year, right?), soooo by this point in time NaNoWriMo's become part of an established routine in my life. Something that's stuck by me for my entire adolescence. Something like that, anyway...

You might also know that I have this one novel that I've been writing and rewriting and rewriting again for approximately a gazillion years (i.e. three... and a bit). I'm not rewriting it again for NaNoWriMo. However, what I am doing is taking some of the things that were infodumped in the last chapter of that novel, and making a whole, new novel out of them. That novel is far more narrowly focused than this novel, concentrating more or less on one person and her life and the lives of the people she knows to some extent... but mostly about her.

This one, on the other hand, is broader and takes in different perspectives on events by people from different sides in this extremely messy conflict I managed to invent! One of the plot threads has been in my head a long, long time – approximately as long as my constantly-rewritten novel's one – because it was where I intended one of the secondary characters in that novel to go. I changed my mind though because I didn't think her personality would actually countenance it, so now there's a new character. Basically. Yeah.

Then there are three other main characters. Two of them have kind of short-ish plotlines, and the last doesn't have much of a plotline at all because I haven't thought of one yet. Right now he has a short plotline about the same length as the other two, but it's supposed to be much longer. So I need to work on that xD

The actual plot (...theme? premise?) of the novel basically goes like this: there's a country with two major ethnic groups, presided over by an evil totalitarian government. It maintains a system of segregation so that most localities are monoethnic, and also so that it can restrict the flow of information and ideas between localities. It pretends to be fair and just, but in reality it favours one race, the descendants of the island's occupiers when it was part of an empire, over the other. So a crazy-insane extremist movement begins to gain currency within the oppressed group, and eventually, it gains enough strength to topple the state. The rest of the novel is basically about... what happens next. Two of the main characters die, another suffers for a long time before managing to get out, and the last... well he's the one whose plot I haven't figured out yet but I'm pretty sure he enjoys himself. For a while at least.

Anywayyyy I started writing at 12am on the dot obviously (no wait actually I didn't because I was talking to someone so we only started at like 12.30 haha oops) and I'm now at 1,703 words, with one chapter totally down :D I don't hate the chapter either, so I am considering (strong emphasis on the part of that word which entails the meaning "undecided") posting it. If I do, it'll probably be friends/access-only or perhaps filter-locked depending on how I feel so if you're interested, speak up ;)

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