Monday, October 23, 2006

My Characters

One of the first things I did in my preplanning for NaNo was create the hero and the heroine.

The instructor of the writing course I'm currently participating in taught us to create a character outline. Not just form a bio but also include the character traits. I want to know who the character is now, how they will act and what motivates them. This will give my characters more dimension.

One valuable tool I used was the book "45 Master Characters" by Victoria Lynn Schmidt. I started with my heroine and from this book chose an archetype for her. Then I chose her personality type. May sound like a lot of work but it really was fun. I went through the same process for my hero.

I love to read a book where the characters come alive in my mind. And I want my novel to be that way, too!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

National Novel Writing Month

I plan to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year. Ever heard of it? Go here for more information. The writing challenge starts November 1st so start planning now! You must write a minimum of 50,000 words by November 30th to be a winner.

Last year was my first attempt at NaNo. And was it an adventure! With lots of determination and hard work I had written 50,124 words by November 26th! Participating helped build the confidence I needed as an aspiring inspiredauthor writer.

This year I've done more pre-planning before NaNo starts. I'll share more about that next time.