Are you taking the NaNoWriMo challenge? Then you need to have good characters – and we can help.
Why Characters Matter So Much
Characters make every story worth reading. Without characters, your readers can’t relate to anyone and you can’t create a mental bond to draw people into your world for a time. Your beautiful settings fall flat, there’s no dialogue to enjoy, and there’s nothing that can happen.
Good characters rule the story – there’s no story without them.
In fact, characters not only make your story worth reading, they make your story rock. They guide you through plot twists you never thought possible and charm you and your readers into falling in love. Characters prove insightful, cause chaos, and make us want to be them for a while.
The problem is that many writers don’t know how to create good, believable characters. They focus on grammar or outlines, they get caught up in scene development, and they completely neglect proper character creation and development.
Making a Big Deal Look Easy
If you’re going to enter NaNoWriMo, you need a damned good character leading the way. NaNoWriMo gives writers that real kick in the pants to get that novel or story finally going.
The challenge is a big one: One month; 50,000 words. That’s a lot of writing – or is it?
With a good character leading the way, you can laugh in the face of the NaNoWriMo challenge. Toss the plotline. Forget the pre-planned story. Throw all your milestones out the window.
Write, damn it. Write from the heart. Let your character go and let him lead you through adventures galore.
Create a character that lives and breathes on your pages, and you’ll burn through NaNoWriMo in no time at all. When you release your imagination into a good character, that individual comes alive and carries you easily through scenes, chapters and full stories.
We know. We’ve written whole series of novels thanks to beloved characters that rule their world.
Need a Head Start?
With a good character in your grasp, you can write anything – a whole chapter around a Post-It note, even. Where does the character find it? What does it say? How does it make him or her feel? What happens next? The character’s life is changed forever by that little yellow scrap… tell the story. Let the words flow.
It’s that easy – but you have to build a solid character to take you places you’ve never been. You have to know the person inside and out. You need to live in his skin, slip into her mind, walk in his shoes. You need to know what music he likes or what foods she hates.
You need to know your character as intimately as you know yourself.
Face NaNoWriMo and come through it victorious, thanks to a solid supporting cast of believable characters that come alive. Our ebook guide, How to Create a Believable Character, is built for a challenge.
Originally written for our creative writing forum, How to Create a Believable Character had too much potential to stay tucked away. We decided to bring it here where it could help even more writers develop characters that leaped off the pages.
How to Create a Believable Character is perfect for fiction writers, novelists, modern-day authors. Packed with worksheets, tips and pertinent questions to help you develop characters that come alive, How to Create a Believable Character prepares you to face any story challenge and breathe vivid life into your writing.
Who knows where your characters might lead you?
Click here to get your copy of How to Create a Believable Character for a special November price of $11.99 – and get ready to kick some NaNoWriMo butt.
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