The leaves on the trees are turning
There’s a chill in the air.
Fuzzy slippers and hot cocoa are calling my name.
Oh, and NaNoWriMo is a month away.
But that’s just a side note.
What I really want to talk about today is character development.
My characters for my NaNoNovel are all coming together in bits and pieces.
Here’s five things I’m focusing on for each one right now:
- Their name. Okay, yes, it’s sad: I don’t have a name for any of my characters yet. Okay, I have ONE name. But the rest are just “the MC” or “The MC’s Friend #1.” I have a feeling I will spend some time prowling around the Appellation Station forum.
- Their backstory. Obviously, it’s important to know where my characters are coming from. How their parents act. Who their friends are. What their life experience is. Who they are before page 1.
- What they’d wear. This may seem a bit strange, but I’m really having fun with this. When we meet someone for the first time in real life, we judge them by what they wear. And even after that, the way they dress says a lot about someone. Obviously, I care a lot more about who my friends are on the INSIDE, but how they present themselves on the outside sometimes reflects a part of their personality. I’ve gone online and printed out some pictures of clothing different people would wear. So that when I go to write them, I can visualize.
- How they talk. I’ve had issues in the past with wanting to introduce a character but just not being sure how they should sound. Not every character needs to have a specific “dialect” or “accent” (wher ye’ write all da werds like dis ta convey how dey’s tawking). However, I do find it helpful to be able to hear a character’s voice in my head. Is his voice deep? Does she giggle a lot? Does he curse? Does she babble? Does he say “Aw, man!” all the time? Knowing how my characters are going to sound ahead of time lets me write dialogue without even thinking.
- Their place in the story. I’ve developed three main supporting characters already (not to mention the antag and another side character). What is each character there for? How do they meet the protag? How do they get along with each other? Does this character add tension? Will they surprise the reader?
What are you guys up to this next month?