For the past 11 days, I’ve been working to plan my story for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) so that I can start out strong on November 1. This will be the seventh year I have participated.
BUT, today, my planning has come to a screeching halt.
As a writer, I usually find that my characters talk to me and tell me their story. I thought that Drake was telling me his story, but it felt that I was forcing the issue. Forcing Drake to talk when he really wasn’t ready to tell his story.
While I was sitting at a local writers’ gathering today, I found that a different character, Kelsey, was begging me to listen. To tell me her story so that she can inspire others. Inspire them to do what I don’t know yet. I just know that she pulled up a chair in my interview room. She’s waiting for me now to pull out a character interview sheet and write down her story.
So, when I interview Kelsey, I don’t mean that I will be talking to a real live person. Instead, I’ll be talking to someone who exists in my own imagination. It’s much like when I was a kid and walked to school. I talked to the one or more people who walked with me. Yes, they were imaginary. No, I don’t think anyone saw me who cared.
Tomorrow, I will change my NaNo plan and interview Kelsey.
- Full name
- Where she lives
- Hair color/style
- Body structure
- Clothing style
- Eye color
MORE IN-DEPTH INFORMATION
- Likes/Dislikes: subject in school, sport, book, movie, music, color, food, car, season, etc
- How do you de-stress?
- Bad habits
These are only a few of the questions I try to ask my characters as I plan to write a piece.