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Today’s random elements (day 2, Nanowrimo)

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Today’s random elements (day 2, Nanowrimo)

Nov 2, 2009 | Writing, Nanowrimo, Novels | 3 comments

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Random elements is something I’m going to try and include in every novel this year round, within reason.  I’m not going to have pink rabbits romping through a scene with Elliot for a start, but I think, given I’m interested in symbolism and Linguistics, that this is a good challenge.
If you think about it – what’s the hardest thing to include in a story – something that patently shouldn’t be there – so the only way to blend that away is to find a way to include the element contextually.  Why yes, I do feel very self concious saying stupid things, thanks for asking 😉
I’ve had:

Audience (From Molly S) –  A freak Snowstorm in July(from JC), and from my beloved I got – A datacentre on fire/A penguin from Edinburgh Zoo.


  1. Rachel

    Random elements are tricky – especially if you only want to introduce one and write the rest of your novel as a serious, plausible work of art.

    For ideas I’d recommend reading anything post modern like Flann O’Brien’s At Swim Two Birds or James Joyce’s Ulysses – two crazy books brimming with ideas!

    Having said that, visiting a zoo and seeing penguins is always fun 😉

    Looking forward to the updates!

    • Kai

      LOL…Introducing one a day – and none of them are works of art till they’ve been edited 😉



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