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NaNoWriMo and the Hammer House Of Madness!

This month I took the plunge and registered for NaNoWriMo. Having written little more than 1000 words a day in the past, 1600-2000 a day is going to be an achievement in itself, let alone keeping it going for 30 days. As it’s my first go, I’m trying to not get too bogged down with the idea of failing.  Any substantial amount of writing during this time will be a bonus, and if I end up with 25-30k– I’ll be happy enough.

I’ve developed a plan where by I write around 500-1000 words by longhand and then transfer to word processor. That way, it’s easier on the eyes and the shoulders. Also, I can usually get a feel for the piece before it goes digital, and I can type it quickly– therefore avoiding staring at the screen, procrastinating. Of course this plan is not tried and tested; my hand might seize up, my pen will run out of ink and my husband will definitely steal my writing pad and use it for something other than fiction!

Oh, the trials of being a writer, eh!!!

I’ve done the usual preparation for NaNo including reading on-line tips and planning the novel. The internet is packed with writers offering their views and past experiences.

It seems everyone, including the seasoned writer, is in the same boat.

Indeed, much of the writing social network will be turned on its head for the duration of November to achieve the word count. Some will blog. Some like me will shut themselves away and do little in the way of networking (apart from this one-off post).

At the end of the month I will realise that I have no friends or social life beyond the characters in my story. I’ll be talking to myself and freaking the dog out. As for the cleaning, well, my home will resemble a Hammer House Of Horror complete with dust, cobwebs and strange creatures lurking in the corners (my poor unloved and unfed family).

There is a positive side to this of course: I won’t need to decorate the house with tinsel for Christmas. I’ll just stick a few fairy lights up behind the cobwebs and have an instant frosted forest. Job done!

Are you mad enough to attempt NaNoWriMo this year? If so – whether it be a tried and tested approach, or just a long drink at the end of the day – do you have a NaNo survival plan in place?

My NaNoWriMo page :-

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So why flawed characters?

There seems to be a bit of a pattern forming in my writing where all my characters are thieves or some kind of assassin.

Hmmmm…so what does that say about me?

I’m developing a strange fascination with people or characters who, for what ever reason, have issues. Gone are the cardboard cut outs of good and bad. I’m much more interested in what’s really going on inside. Why do people hurt others and what makes someone break the law?

Flawed characters are so much more interesting, don’t you think! Emotionally they’re pulled in different directions; what is the right decision for one, is totally unacceptable for another. That’s what makes people, and ultimately characters in a book or film so compelling.

For that reason, I’ve taken to studying psychology. It should be an interesting journey. Not only will I be able to read into people’s behaviour and use elements for my writing, but I will probably learn something about myself along the way.

Scary thought, eh!!!

So what inspires us writers when creating characters?  For me it’s a combination of past experience, observation and psychology. For others, it can be something completely different.   What about you? Are you a writer or a reader who is drawn in by characters? Do they matter more than the plot when it comes to sticking with a story or particular book? Feel free to have your say!

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