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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Writing Life Update: Character Interviews

Hi #WritingCommunity,

Time for a writing update! How is your writing projects going? Are you prepping for Nanowrimo? 

Over at my house, there is definitely a lot of prepping going on. I think my hubby is getting tired of brainstorming with me. My dog is enjoying it though. He has a paper fetish. He likes to shred paper and there are several pages that did not make the cut. 

Last year for Nanowrimo, I pants my story. I had an idea of where I wanted it to go and how to get there. But, it was hard to write it that fast. I did not make it halfway before life got too overwhelming. Not this year! I have decided to plot my book. I didn’t know where to start so I picked up Writing the Romance Novel by Leigh Micheals. She teaches romance writing classes at Gotham Writers Workshop. I read The 30 Day Romance Novel Workbook By Lynn Johnston and The Writing GalsVictorine E. Leiske’s How to Write a Swoon Worthy Sweet Romance Novel. These are all found on Kindle Unlimited. They are great books and definitely helped me get started. 

Then, I found Rock Your Plot by Cathy Yardley. Guys, if you are looking for a book that spells everything out that isn’t boring to read, pick this one up! I recommend buying the audiobook to listen to while you read. It reminds me of sitting at a lecture. There are parts of her audiobook that are not in the written one. She gives examples and it is easy to follow along.

So I broke out my notebook and started following her workbook. And it’s actually working! I am not overwhelmed with my story. My plot actually looks like it would be fun to read and doesn’t have holes (at this point!). 

This week, I am working on my character sketches. I have bios written and a short background. I was going to interview them next. Do you interview your characters? I have started a list of interview questions. I haven’t ever interviewed them before so I will see how it goes. If you are interested, I can share them.

How do you prep for a novel? What resources are you using?


Character Interviews

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