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Hello Dear Writers!!
Today, I'm talking about CHARACTER.
The concept is simple. You write a story and it's filled with characters. Maybe you have one or two leads and then some sidekicks and potential villains but you know that you need characters.
Sadly at the character level is where so many writers miss the mark because they simply don't go deep enough.
When I was like 5 and going into acting and my teacher mentioned "intention" I was like "what's that mean?" I had no idea. I was five, so sue me. But even as I got older that word kept coming up.
"What's the INTENTION of the scene?" I wanted to pull my hair out.
Why couldn't they just explain what it meant?
Well it MEANS THIS.
What does the character want in the scene? What is their intention? Or if you really want it broken down, why are they there?
They can not simply be there to support the main character. The main character can't simply be there to show us who he is....
This month I'm going to focus on how to write a draft fast and complete NaNoWriMo, which is coming up in just a month.
Today is Sept 30th! Wow, how fast this year has flown by has been crazy, but here we are.
NOW, onto some things you can do to get ready to write your novel fast.
If you are signed up for NaNoWriMo or in any groups for that challenge, you will learn there is now a thing called "Preptober," which is for prepping your book.
This is not my style at all.
When I first starting doing NaNoWriMo, you couldn't have any more than a title on November 1st, when we started, and I'm old school, so I never know what I'm writing until that day when I sit down.
That's just me, and it is the method I'm going to teach you in my course, but you can do what makes you happy as long as you finish a novel.
The five steps that I use to prep are these.
1. Decide WHO your story is about & WHAT will happen to...
It's National Dog day! And it got me thinking about the importance of adding pets to our stories.
Do you do this?
I ALWAYS do. My characters always have pets, usually dogs, but sometimes parrots, cats, ferrets, and fish. The reason is not just for the cute factor but because it's CHARACTER TELLING--or SHOWING.
Think about it. Ever see someone walking their dog? They look like the dog and or you just know immediately they are owner and pet because they fit?
I have a terrier, see the above photo. It takes a special kind of dog mom to have a terrier in their lives as they are demanding, needy, stubborn, wilful and can be a pain the arse. Westies also need a lot of activity. This says a lot about me, who I am as a person!
So who I am based on my dog?
I'm athletic & active. I have no movement limitations. I like challenges, I can handle the high maintenance dog, I can be stubborn, and also loving-just like a Westie.
When I say...