NaNoWriMo 2010: Painting a Purple World

So last year, I wrote 50.000 words about two people who can see purple in a world where no one else can.

That was difficult, but I managed it thusly:

1) Make purple invisibility your main plot point.
I made my villains exploit the fact that no one can see purple and anything of that colour turns invisible.
They have no idea of my main characters‘ super powers!

2) Create main characters who can see purple.
This is how Aaron and Win were born, though Win was Jack or Max back then and preferred male pronouns. She changed the most. Win used to be an extremely butch genderqueer riotgrrrl, and is now a very femme, polkadotted riotgirl. Her amount of awesome has only increased.
Aaron changed, too, but at least his name and pronouns stayed the same. He’s transgender and probably bi, because I wanted a bit more variety than the usual white straight cis male protagonists. He’s also black now, but started out white in my head. He’s the main viewpoint character, because he’s introvert.

3) Create a world where no one can see purple.
There’s a city underground, and I can explain exactly what they breathe and eat there, how they plant fern and plancton for oxygen, and algae for food and clothing, and bioluminescent light, and how they fish, and train giant moles, and more about their waste recycling system than you care to know.

Also for some reason I start to mumble because I have no idea why purple would be invisible underground, much less why it would make objects see-through invisible instead of just murky grey. Science is my eneby.

4) Write 50.000 words.
I finished NaNoWriMo 2010. I loved it and it was fun, but also frustrating because I need to have everything orderly and sensical, and the purple started to annoy the heck out of me. But well, I finished and had a few blissful days of euphoria over my finished masterpiece.

5) Give up.
Realise it’s not a masterpiece and nowhere near finished. Give it up as a bad job.
Yep. The purple idea is just too dumb. Nothing can fix that in a book that’s geared towards science-conscious teens and young adults.