NaNoWriMo Prep #2

 

It is week 2 of NaNoWriMo prep month! Hopefully you have an idea of what you are going to write about in November, or at least have a few ideas. Today I will be giving some insights on characters and will be ending off the blog post with a few motivational tips and tricks so I hope you enjoy 🙂

Characters~

Characters are such an important factor in any story, because when someone reads your story they look for something or someone to connect to. Usually what they connect to is one of your characters, whether it is how they look, act, what they enjoy or hate, or even just something they have experienced. It is also important that you connect with your characters and understand them because otherwise your characters will fall kind of flat! Anyways, here are a few tips to keep in mind when creating characters.

  • Flaws – Even though though this should be an obvious one, we have to remember that since nobody in this world is perfect, neither is a character in your world. Whether it is them biting their nails to stubs, always forgetting their keys or being late to everything, they need to have some flaws. It is also good to have physical flaws because nobody looks perfect either! Maybe they are a teenager who has acne or someone who has a scar on their lip from a fishing accident. Whatever it is just give them some sort of flaw that makes them like you or me!
  • Uniqueness – What makes them different? Readers don’t want to read about a character they have read about a million times so change it up! You don’t have to have a super massive difference that makes every single one of your characters extremely different from one another, but for a few consider what makes them “special”.
  • Diversity – This is a huge one because we need more diversity in books! We need characters of all races, sexual orientations, genders, etc, etc. Everyone needs to be represented in books so remember that when you are writing! Not only does it help more people connect with your book, but it also is more realistic.

Motivation~

Remember to have fun creating your story and world! It should be fun and exciting because you are creating something from nothing which is truly amazing.

If you feel as if you are lacking in motivation, some tips I have for you is to check out some TED Talk videos! There are some really inspiring and amazing talks with authors like Amy Tan, and they talk about creativity and where story ideas come from. I had to listen to a few for my Creative Writing class and I really enjoyed them. Below are a few links from ones I personally enjoyed 🙂

https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius

https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_tan_on_creativity

https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_urban_inside_the_mind_of_a_master_procrastinator

That is all for this NaNoWriMo Prep #2 and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

NaNoWriMo Prep #2

So it is week 2 of preparing for NaNoWriMo and here are some more tips and ideas to help make your planning easier!

Things to Ask Yourself When World Building:

What’s the background history of your world?

What makes your world unique?

What is happening in your world?

Why is this happening in your world?

How do the characters affect your world?

What does your world look like?

These are a few important questions to at least think about and then expand on. You want to make sure you know and plan out as much as you can about your world, even if you aren’t telling all of it in your story. You always have to know more about your world than your readers.

After expanding on these questions, I really recommend mapping out your world and its social system, especially if your doing fantasy or sci-fi. Even if you are doing contemporary or something that doesn’t have a super crazy landmarks it is a good idea. You could even map out your character’s favourite coffee shop. It helps.

For example, I am creating a fantasy novel and mine has a magical world along with a magic system. What I am going to do is get a white board and draw out a map of my world along with the magic system so it is all organized and right there for me to see it!

Anyways, those are some tips and ideas for world building and I hope all of your planning is going well!