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12 Days Of NaNoWriMo: Relating Your Characters To The Plot

Welcome to day three, guys! Yesterday, we created some of your main characters. Remember, they should all have a first name and a distinction. This is important. For today’s work, it’s imperative to know whether you’re dealing with an antihero or an antagonist.

It’s time to start building your plot, and that’s going to happen via character development. Remember how you wrote down a super simple plotline on day one? It’s time to grab that document.

Each character plays a role in the success of your plot, or else they are a worthless character to have in your story. The way to determine the significance of each character to your plot is to draft a short synopsis for them.

Let’s take a look at my character Blythe Washington from the Belle Âme Chronicles series...

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12 Days Of NaNoWriMo: Selecting Characters

Did you do your homework? Of course, you did! And that means you’ve generated a basic idea for your NaNoWriMo project 🙂

Once you have a basic idea of the plot, the next thing on the list is to determine some of your main characters. What? We’re not writing out a full outline next?

No, gentle reader.

Not just yet.

Your characters help to define the plot. Once your characters become more fleshed out, they will begin to act like Sims with full autonomy while you simply notate their actions. Knowing how your main characters behave will determine how your outline will look.

Not just yet. Your characters help to define the plot. Once your characters become more fleshed out, they will begin to act like Sims with full autonomy while you simply notate their actions...

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A 12-Step Program For The Hero’s Journey

One of the hardest yet most crucial things to deduce for one’s prose is how to structure the plot. Whereas each individual genre has its own form of structure–a thriller is structured differently than a drama, and both are structured differently than a comedy–, all genres tend to follow The Hero’s Journey.

The Hero’s Journey is a 12-step process commonly seen in Hollywood movies, memoirs, and even (gasp!) religious tomes. If you have absolutely no clue how to start your prose, take your main character, and have them follow this arc.

  1. The Ordinary World – What does the Hero do before he has any inkling about his quest? What is his life like? Where is his safe place? What does he love? What does he hate? This is your chance to introduce us to our Hero and show us why we should like him...
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The Easiest Way To Develop Believable Characters

In our last installment, I mentioned how believable characters are the key to writing success. Whether it is starting your prose or continuing your prose or hoping that your readers enjoy your prose, your characters will make or break your prose in general.

So, the question becomes…how do I create believable characters?

Many websites feature 100-200 question “interviews” to give to each of your characters. The purpose of these interviews is the belief that–once you are done filling it out–you will know everything there is to know about that character: where they came from, who they are, their hopes, their fears, their strengths, and their faults. And this logic is not wrong, as you will know virtually everything that there is to know about that character after answering every questi...

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