Okay, so who's meeting their daily NaNo goals?? If you are... *applause*
Or if you're like me, knee-deep in other responsibilities, you may be having a hard time keeping up. Hey, that's okay.... take the pressure off. It's just a story, man. ;) Just roll with the tides ...
I've got my firt 4k words down, and a logline. And as I'm guilty of going back to do one revision on each chapter sometimes before continuing my draft, I've remembered how much I love writing stories. That's why I go back over my work... it rekindles that fire. And it helps put me back in the story when I can only write in spurts.
But I came across a post the other day that really helped me put my characters in check. I always like to get to know them BEFORE writing the first draft. Like motivations, greatest fears, etc. QueryTracker's Blog did an excellent post entitled, Your Hero's Dark Side: Looking into the Abyss.
I recommend reading the entire post, but I'll give you the gist of what resonated with me the most. These Questions:
1. What does your main character fear and hate more than anything?
2. What is he/she willing to do to exterminate the feared/hated thing?
3. How can you make his/her interactions with the hated thing taint him? In other words, each time your character looks into the abyss, how can the abyss claim him a little more?
These really got the ol hamster cranking the wheel in my head. Check out the whole article by psychologist Carolyn Kaufman. It's really worth your while.
Tomorrow I'll be posting a review of Jessica Bell's String Bridge. I'll tell you exactly what I thought of her writing and the story. Hope to see you back here then!
So do these questions hit any nerves with you? Or do you have a particular question about your characters you like to answer BEFORE writing the first draft? Please share ...