Now that we’ve covered the basics of prewriting, it’s time to start getting into the nitty-gritty. Today’s link is to an article with information about preparing to NaNoWriMo. Down at the bottom, there are also links to other articles with similar information. Sometimes, I find that just reading about things that I can do to get ready gets my mind going in that direction.
Today, I plan to work on one of my 6 journalist questions. I’m going to focus on my whos. And not just who are my main characters. But who are my secondary characters. Who is the abusive caretaker? What led him to be the sadistic person that crosses the line and sends the girl running in the first place? What is his relationship to the people that left her in his care? What is his relationship to her? Who is the woman he keeps captive in the basement? What is her relationship to him and to the two girls in his care? Since she’s a superhero, why doesn’t she just break out? Why does she stay? Does he or someone else have something over her? Who are the other superheroes? Who can the main characters go to for help? What are the relationships between the others? How do those relationships change their attitudes toward the two teenagers?
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Most character questionnaires will get even more in-depth, involving things like favorite colors, the names of their favorite pets, and computer passwords. Basically, you can never know too much about characters. Tomorrow, I’ll link to another character questionnaire that we generally use for roleplaying games. It’s 300 or so questions long and while not all questions will apply to a character in a novel (since it really is designed for fantasy characters), most questions only require a little bit of tweaking to be useful. Then, the next day, I have a link to another site that has more character creation information, from naming characters to making them memorable.