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 I forgot to update from the seven day challenge. To recap, I challenged myself to write 100 words per day for 7 days in a row. And I did it! The week after, I wanted to do 200 words a day, but I didn't do any days. [Way to fail, right?] This week, it's supposed to be 300 words a day, but I'm waiting for Camp NaNoWriMo to begin. My Camp goal is 40,000 words for the month, but I think I'm going to take that down a notch. While I really do want to finish this novella during April [and I really, really do], I don't want to pressure myself like that. I'd rather get it done right the first time, even if it'd take me longer to write. 

Now I'm just prepping for Camp. I'm doing this 5 days of prep series on my blog, and the cool thing about it is that I can prep along with readers. I have a general outline and list of characters, but I don't feel like I know anyone yet. They feel like cutouts, especially the minor characters (and the murderer). Since it's a mystery, I really need to flesh out the motives of some other characters to not make it totally obvious who the murderer is. I'll have to give others a reason to want to kill the people. [And I'm thinking I should pare it down from five dead bodies to maybe two. It's a novella, after all.] After I lock down some other suspects and find their motives, I'll have to give them airtight alibis as to eliminate them. Oh, and clues and red herrings. Obviously, the other minor characters are red herrings, but I really need to sit down with my plan and outline it in such a way to know when I'll drop in the clues/red herrings. 

I might be overthinking this, but with this being my first mystery novel[la], I feel that over-planning is far better than under-planning and risk missing vital info - or giving away too much too quickly. 

Anyway, those are my basic thoughts on it and kind of a plan of what I need to get done.

Now it's time to figure out who dies and who lives. I have the original motive of my killer [no spoilers in case someone's actually reading this thing], but I'll need to link it strongly to the other person. Love is always a strong motivator. Maybe they're having an affair? Someone else on the cast stands to have something to lose? Like the significant other? Money's also a great motivator. Maybe someone on the cast paid for theatre school [is that a thing?], and needed repayment sooner than usual but the two people couldn't pay - and "slit."

Of course, it's not really slitting their throat since they die...some way else. [Spoilers and all.]

I think, now, it's time to really get to know these minor characters. Give them more than just names and ages and personality types. Time to dig deep. If I get enough figured out in time, I just might be able to make my 40K word goal without most of it being fluff or ideas running into dead ends.  
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