Word count: somewhere in the 2,000’s
Sorry, this is going to be a quick post, but I’m slammed with school work today. Just to update: I’ve gotten a better handle on how I’m going to be writing the rest of my novel after all of the planning yesterday and am starting to put this into action. Tomorrow I’m going to have a writing marathon to make up for the lack of progress I’ve been making this week.
Why did NaNoWriMo have to start on a Tuesday?
Anyway, I’m hoping to get a little over ten thousand by the end of my writing marathon, and I have a few other marathons planned throughout the month. I was originally planning to shoot for 100k words like I did last year, but I think that’s too much pressure to try and put on this one idea and on myself, so I’m going to go for 50k and then see what happens from there.
So here’s something I’ve been doing with my characters now that I’m getting into their minds more: I’ve been trying to make them a little less boring, and a little more unique. This is important to one of the major themes of my story, so it helps with that as well as realism. My challenge for you is to try and do the same. Here are some ideas:
- Give different characters different appearances. Of course, there may be resemblances in families, but identifiers in appearance are key to the reader’s understanding of each character through another’s eyes.
- The characters will all have different ways of speaking, even if they are talking in the same language. For example, that whole “like” repetition that is associated with teenagers or different age groups/cultural backgrounds using different vocabulary/slang. Think about their dialects and not only what words they use, but how they use them.
- Each character should have a different personality. You can’t always get perfectly into the heads of each character this way, but it’s worth it to make the story more realistic. Think about it–In reality, how many times do you actually meet two people who have almost identical personalities? This includes behaviors, values, beliefs, backgrounds, temperaments, etc.
- When they experience different emotions, each character will have different ways of dealing with them. One character might avoid eye contact when their emotions are out in the open because of their background. One might pick at their fingernails when they are nervous. One may lash out and say things they don’t mean when they are stressed out.
- Finally, I’d recommend looking into this site because it has loads of different ego/personality archetypes that you may pull from to better understand certain characters. These archetypes were actually studied by a psychologist I learned about last year in my psych class, but when applied to literature make characters more vibrant and intense.
As always, good luck! Thanks for reading and don’t stop writing!
(Also, check back this weekend… I’m considering blogging every day this month instead of just weekdays)