NaNoWriMo Prep #1

It is October which means it is time to plan out that story that you’ve had in mind and get ready to write! I personally  like to start planning out my characters because my writing is very character driven, so that is what I am going to be covering in my NaNoWriMo Prep today. If you have no idea what NaNoWriMo is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month and is basically an event online where you are challenged to write 50,000 words in only 1 month. It takes place every November and whether you win or lose it is still a great, eye opening experience!

Things to Ask Yourself When Creating a Character:

What does my character look like?

Where is my character from?

What does my character like/hate to do?

What are my character’s fears and flaws?

What are the personality traits of my character?

What makes my character who they are?

What are my character’s goals and hopes?

These questions definitely get you started on creating a 3D character but make sure you search up some more questions to ask you/your character or even make some up yourself that you think are relevant to your story and character.

The next thing you are going to want to do is put your characters in different situations and write how they would react. TIP: Make sure you are answering as your character and not YOU. Here are a few prompts:

Your character is forced to choose between saving the world or their best friend. What would they do? How would they deal with the consequences?

Your character’s friends are making plans to skip last block. Would your character skip? If they do skip what would they do?

Your character is mugged on the streets. What would they do?

When it comes to creating a character, you want to make sure they have a backstory, even if you don’t bring it up in your story. You need to dive deep into their lives and explain why they are they way they are, what their childhood was like, any problems they have had, and really just every little detail you can cover. This makes your character more 3D rather than 2D.

I really hope you found these tips in creating a great character helpful and I hope you are all as excited for NaNoWriMo as I am! Keep your eyes opened for my next NaNoWriMo Prep in the next few days 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Camp NaNoWriMo: Writing Tips

Camp NaNoWriMo is near and here are some writing tips that I have discovered. I hope they help you and make sure you comment any writing tips you have for other writers 🙂

Dialogue – Don’t make your dialogue too fancy. What I mean by this is, “……” I pondered or “……” She exclaimed. Readers aren’t exactly interested in that so it is always safe to go with the regular, said or asked. Of course you can throw in a few exclaims and other “fancy” dialogue here and there but just make sure you are not over using it. A time when you should use fancier dialogue is when you are showing volume of your characters words like whispered, shouted or screamed. Those are exceptions because the volume is important for dialogue.

Characters – Characters are a very, very important asset to your story because in a way, they are running the show. You want to make sure your characters are different and easy to tell apart. They need to have their own unique voice when they speak. You don’t want to read about characters that are bland and similar, you want to have a variety in race, appearance, personality, etc, etc.

Background – After writing for a while now, I have gathered the importance of having all your background information together. By this I just mean the history of your world, characters, and anything else that has background info. This helps explain this in more detail and makes your story more put together and interesting. J.K Rowling is a great example of background info because her wizarding world has such a complex history that adds more to the story. Also adding background information to your characters is important because then we can learn about their past and any challenges they faced.

Those are some writing tips that I hope help you and make writing your story easier and more enjoyable!

 

 

How To: Write A Novel

I decided to start a new category on my blog that consists of different “How To’s” because I really enjoy reading these kind of posts and I hope you guys like it too! Comment below what you think and if you want to see more like this. Also, check out my poll I created and answer it, thanks! 🙂

How to Write a Novel

Step One: Brainstorming

Create an idea that can be expanded into a novel. To do this, brainstorm different ideas and play around with them. It may take a while to decide on one but make sure it is one that you will enjoy writing about. Some different methods of brainstorming are the web, lists and point form. I personally plan out in lists because I find that I am more organized but whatever method works best for you, that is the one you should choose.

Step Two: Beginning, Middle, and End

Once you have your main idea created, start writing out a loose plan of your beginning, middle and end and some important scenes that happen in between. They do not have to be insanely detailed but just detailed enough so that you fully understand what is going on, making it easier to write it out.

Step Three: Characters

The next step to writing your novel is the characters because the characters are an extremely important aspect to your novel. If you like to draw, you can sketch out a picture of what your characters look like, along with a short description about them. A lot of authors create characters that resemble some aspects of somebody they know or met or even of themselves. I do this as well because it helps me feel more connected to my characters which is important when creating a good novel.

Step Four: Test Run

By now you should have your main idea, your plot, setting, characters and major events all mapped out. Now, I encourage you to give all your creative ideas a test run and write the first chapter of your story. Don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t sound amazing. This is your first time putting all the pieces of your story together so it will not be perfect. The idea behind this step is to see if there is anything you want to fix or change.

Step Five: First Draft

By now, you would have completed a test run of your story (a chapter or a few pages) and if you didn’t need to change or fix anything  or already did and are now fully satisfied with their idea it is time to write a first draft! Unlike the test run, this is a draft of your entire story! Novels are about 100-150,000 words so that gives you an idea of what number to get to at least. It will not be perfect but your main focus is to get your words written down. Don’t worry about editing otherwise that will slow you down, wait until the end.

Step Six: Editing

After completing your novel it is time to edit! Now editing can be somewhat enjoyable until a certain point but don’t loose interest! Keep pushing through and complete editing your entire novel because it will be worth it in the end. If you are not the greatest at editing, first try it on your own and then once you finished get someone else like a parent, teacher or friend to edit it and catch the mistakes you missed.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial on how to write a novel! All the pictures used in this post are not mine and all rights are too the original creators.