Today is November 1st! Every year I look forward to this day with a combined sense of excitement and dread. As I recover from my Halloween festivities, I look forward to the annual marathon of writing known as National Novel Writing Month. Every year, aspiring novelists of all ages and all walks of life sit down and start the grand adventure of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. That equals out to writing just about 1,667 words a day.
Character development is a really big deal to me. When I am watching a television series or picking up a graphic novel, I want the characters to progress, grow, change, and evolve! I seek out casts of characters that are diverse and have depth in their narratives. Characters can break the mold, they don't need to be likable or relatable. There are some characters I would want to be best friends with, some that I see as great teachers, and others I admire but would avoid. It's also nearly impossible for anyone to have a "favorite character".
If you have ever wanted to write a book, now is the time! November is known as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). According to its creators, NaNoWriMO “is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing…Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.” The goal for participants is to try to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of November.
Many successful novels had their start as NaNoWriMo projects, including these bestsellers: