So I was supposed to post about how to prepare for NaNoWriMo a couple days ago, which leads me to step #2: DO NOT GET SICK! Okay, you can’t help this. I couldn’t help this. But I’ve spent the past couple days curled up in bed feeling close to death (why does being sick always feel like that?), and getting pretty much nothing done in regards to the approach of November 1st EXCEPT, that I’ve actually been able to do a lot of thinking. So really, maybe step #2 should be THINK. Play around with your story in your mind. Whatever you write prior to November 1st doesn’t count towards the end goal of 50,000 words, but it does help sort out where you what your stories to go, and where you want your characters to go.
Personally, I believe that whatever story you tell, character is the most important part. No one will care about flying dragons, dark cafes, or restaurants with blue tables unless you have a character your readers can relate to and want to hang out with with. More importantly, that YOU want to hang out with. I mean, you’re going to be spending the next 30 days with this person/animal/thing. Whatever your character, make sure it’s a good one. Get to know him/her/it. Ask your character questions. What do they eat? Where do they sleep? HOW do they sleep?
- What songs do they sing in the shower (or do they want to shoot all people who sing in the shower)?
- How do they feel about Christmas?
- What is their best memory of Halloween ever?
- How does your character react when they smell vomit?
- If your character suddenly inherited a private island or a small kingdom, what kind of ruler would they be?
- Who does your character call when sick?
- How does your character feel about Trump?
- How does character feel history?
- If you were sit down and have lunch with your character, what would be the first thing they want to talk to you about?
- What kind of blankets does your character sleep with? Hard mattress or soft?
Take the time to get to know the one you’ll be spending time with for the next month. You won’t regret it. The more questions you ask your character prior to writing your story means the more enriching details you will have to carry the plot.