Ahead of NaNoWriMo, I’ve decided to create some practices that may help you push for that daunting 50,000 word mark.
At times, when I’m writing my novel, I struggle with specific events in which a character react in a certain way. I often find that the dialogue between multiple characters can merge into one, as though it were the same person speaking. Developing a thought process is key to a strong character that your reader can learn to adore (even if it’s an antagonist).
So, here’s a little challenge that can help you through:
I want you to write about your character in the process of dying. Now, I don’t want you to set the scene, or describe some event in which your character meets their final fullstop, no, I want you to simply writing about their thought process: what are they thinking? Who are they thinking of? Are they afraid, do they believe in an afterlife?
This method has helped me get the best out of my characters, as it encouraged me to understand how they would speak and react in different situations.
I hope this helps you, and I’d love to read what some of you wrote! (I’ll be happy to publish anyone’s work on my website if they wish).
Good luck for next month!