Nanowrimo preparation part 3 of 4 for Author Mommy’s!
Only having a vague idea of your story before November will make it a lot harder to accomplish this awesome goal. So doing some prep on your book before hand is super helpful. Figuring out your characters is one of the best ways to prep. Knowing who they are and how they react to things will help your 50,000 words come out smoother and quicker, which is a must for a busy mom. Here are some ideas to think about when you are working on building your character.
TIP 3: Understand your characters beforehand.
- Do a character interview. Write a list of question or find a list you like, there are loads out there.Things like: what do they look like, what frightens them, what motivates them, what is their secret, what in their past influenced who they are today…. Stuff like that.
- Write a backstory. I love using this method. What I do is I write a journal entry of them telling me about their life before the start of the story. I like this method for two reasons. 1. I feel like I learn more about them this way. 2. I develop their voice, super helpful if I am writing from that characters point of view.
- Find a picture of your character or make a pintrest board with pictures that represent who your character is.
- Write a trial scene. What you are doing here is throwing a random something at your character and learning how they react. This probably won’t make it in your story, but you can learn a lot about your character by doing this.
- Spend some time writing about what your character needs to learn. How they are incomplete or very flawed at this point and what would need to happen to them to make them a stronger better person. This can help you in developing your plot.
There are lots of other ideas out there for building characters but I hope that these ideas will help you as your prep for your nanowrimo goal. Its coming up quick. I’m excited for all of you attempting it this year!!