After two weeks of playing games and watching shows, I started working on my NaNoWriMo project on Thursday. Most of that first day was spent looking up names for characters. Usually I have a great time doing stuff like that but I was a little frustrated because these characters already had names for years. I just didn’t like them anymore.
Once everyone had names, I got to work on creating character profiles/reference sheets. I want to have a clear idea of everyone’s goals and a way to reference things like age and appearance so I’m not making it up as a go multiple times during NaNoWriMo.
For this story in particular, this character information is even more important than outlining the story. I know this story. I’ve written some version of it before. There are plenty of things I want to change this time around, but the general plot is staying the same. I will be doing some outlining after the character profiles are done, but I know that keeping the character motivations in mind and consistent will help the plot work out more than anything.
I have plenty of work to do this week but it is work I’m excited to do. This year’s NaNoWriMo is going to be great! I have a ton of confidence. This year will be another win.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo? We should be buddies! Add me so we can write together next month!