Oct 9, 2011

October is hurry up and get everything done month

November is close contender for my favorite month.  I mean, October is nice and all.  Not too cold, the leaves change color, Halloween, the perfect time for bonfires and s'mores, and of course my birthday.  But November, well November is where you start settling into you house and stocking up on tea, practice Thanksgiving recipes, eat those recipes, and do lots and lots of writing.

I really just like November cuz it's NaNoWriMo.  XD

(For those of you not in the know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month.  As the min limit amount of words for a novel is 50K, the goal is to write 50K during the month of November.  Many writers tend to drop of the face of the planet for while.)

But, I also know that it's a huge chunk of time (having done it the past two years) and thus October is my get stuff done month.  Which will be super crazy this year. I really, really need to figure out my plot.  I'm not overly concerned about that, as those things come to me a lot while I write. And my sister has a way of asking all the right questions to force me to figure it out. (Of which was done for a pretty intense hour earlier today on my road trip to drop her off at school.)

But I have an issue with character.  Or rather, character voice.

I can make of a lot of characters.  I love using a questionnaire a creative writing teacher handed out to class a few years back, and it helps me develop this great back story for my characters.  But regardless, for the most part whenever I write my character voices' morph and change as I go on.  They all end up sounding like...well, me.  

So I'm trying to immerse myself in characters this month, really get a feel for them to make sure come next month there aren't multiple mes running around talking to each other. I mean, talking to yourself can already gander a couple of looks. Talking to multiple selves might be a sign I am crazy.  If I wasn't a writer.

Anyway, I was hoping some of you lovely people would have some advice as to how to get into characters' heads and psyches.  Games, exercises, really strange get to know you questions.  As for those of us doing NaNo novels, maybe we can interview each other's characters?


  1. I'd love to try NaNoWriMo one year, but I have no discipline and love to procrastinate - I'd probably end up spending even more time on Blogger and Facebook. Living the story seems like a great idea.

  2. You did MYWYN. There isn't that much of a difference. Just...more words per day. But I've always found the community really supportive, especially since we meet in real life to write as well as on the website. So many people do globally. Most of the friends I made in New Zealand while I was there I met through NaNo.