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With the seedling of any new idea, one of the first questions is usually who are my characters? In many circumstances, though, characters get a bit of developing and then all the focus goes to the plot. This isn't to say the plot isn't important -- it is-- but a key component to making sure you have a solid plot is really getting to know your characters. Perhaps we should even say it is time to make friends with your characters. After all, it is their story.
WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR CHARACTERS:
HOW YOU CAN MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR CHARACTERS:
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK THEM:
We encouraged you to ask your character some questions, so we have below ten to get you started. That's not all though! We have a free workbook with 100 questions all for your character to answer. They range from relationship oriented ones to deep and personal, but regardless, you will walk away knowing your character more intimately than ever before. So be sure to snag a copy before you leave!
Without further ado, here are ten questions to ask your character!
So there you have it. Making friends with fictional characters has never been easier! Why don't you share a bit about your characters by leaving a comment giving your character's answers to one or two of the questions above?
It's the time of year when writers all over begin preparing for the mammoth achievement of writing a novel in a month. While it is definitely attainable, it is definitely a moment where one has to truly rise to the task. If you've done this before, you probably know what I'm talking about, but if you haven't let's jump into why people even want to do something like this in the first place.
SO, WHY SHOULD I WRITE A NOVEL IN A MONTH?
There are plenty more reasons, which we've covered in the past. We have a previous post about why you might want to participate in National Novel Writing Month and more on what that is, but the truth is that even if you don't want to join an actual organization the points in that post about WHY you should try writing a novel in a month are still super valid. So if this is a new concept to you, definitely go check out all our reasons on why writing a novel in such a short amount of time is a great idea.
Now that you've decided to take up the challenge, it's important to prepare properly for the month to come. October is commonly referred to as Preptober in the writing community, so we're here with the entire master list on how to prep effectively.
HOW TO PREP:
So there you have it! Before this post ends, we wanted to share one more resource called Plot Factory that can totally explode your novel planning and help you stay organized. There are several levels of subscription options, but also a free version. Here you can create and store information on your world, characters, plot, scenes and more! It's especially useful if you're planning an epic series, world-hopping projects or even novels that tie into other books.
That's all for today. Leave a comment on your favorite part of Preptober if you've done it before, and if not, what was your favorite idea listed in today's post?
Mind maps are the underrated favorite around here, and they're used for all kinds of things. Today, though, we will be digging deep into multiple ways to use this amazing tactic to take your novel planning to the next level.
What is Mind Mapping and Why Should I Do It?
How You Can Do It:
Now that we've covered a lot of the details on what, why, and how, it's time to get into specifics! Again, mind mapping is, in the end, entirely up to you and flexible to your style, so what we list below is not hard fast rules. Instead, think of it as guidelines to help you get started!
STEP BY STEP HOW TO FOR OUTLINING A NOVEL PLOT
STEP BY STEP FOR SERIES
STEP BY STEP FOR CHARACTERS
STEP BY STEP CHAPTERS:
STEP BY STEP WORLD BUILDING:
STEP BY STEP BRAINSTORMING:
Well, that's all! With these tactics and ideas, mind maps will be a simple but incredibly rewarding tool for you to use.
Have you used mind maps before? What sort of thing would you mind map?