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Nano Revelation

Well, it took 47,000 words, but I think I've finally figured out why it's sometimes like pulling teeth. The times I find it really hard going aren't necessarily when I've run out of plot, or when I'm doing particular things, like description, or character development, or dialogue. They're when it's not funny. I suppose I should have realised this earlier, as it's pretty obvious now.

Still, this is all meant to be a bit of a voyage of discovery, innit? I perhaps need to learn the trick of making even the serious bits silly, or most likely, making the silly bits also serious. It's certainly something I enjoy when I'm reading/watching a story; Alexei Sayle's gorgeously surreal, dark stories spring to mind. As do less highbrow things like Jonathan Creek. Hmm. You know, although I may not exactly be "finding my voice", I think I'm getting a few good hints as to where to look for it from the whole exercise.

Anyway. Fewer than 3,000 words to go, and two days to do it in. I think I'll have to have a think about writing a bit where I can try to combine silly and serious as much as possible...

We stepped around the circus people, and went to the reception desk. A harried-looking older man in a shirt and tie was sitting behind it, shaking his head in consternation at the chaos. “Unbelievable,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of stupid accidents in my time, but honestly! Tell me,” he said, turning his attention to me, “If you were a lion-tamer, and a clown asked you if you could have a go, would you let him?”
I didn’t really know what to say to that. It was so far outside my area of expertise that I’d have needed both hands, and torch and a GPS to find an answer.