{the birth of characters}

Project create is going well. I love that I can plop down with my laptop anywhere I please and begin to write. As some of you may know, I’ve joined NaNoWriMo to write 50,000 words by November 30th. I’m a tad behind because I did not outline before November 1st. However, I am pretty deep into developing characters, and am finding myself writing deep into the night.

I tweeted something the other day that struck a chord with some participants. I said that, “Creating characters is like being pregnant & writing a book is like giving birth.” The writing is the often painful, arduous labor, but you endure it because you develop such a relationship with your characters. You create and give birth to your characters in the actual writing. They grow, develop quirks, history, and all the other things a person has. The only difference is that you are the only one to see the character in the writing process. You alone have this relationship. I find it fascinating, particularly because I’ve never written a lick of fiction.

Really, the major difference between pregnancy and birth as compared to character development and writing is that a writer can drink large quantities of coffee. Not just can, but must…
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3 thoughts on “{the birth of characters}

  1. Really, the major difference between pregnancy and birth as compared to character development and writing is that a writer can drink large quantities of coffee. Not just can, but must…

    It’s so, so true. If you want to read about my experience with NaNoWriMo, this is my latest blog entry: You Are What You Read (or Write) or A Love Letter to NaNoWriMo. :) Welcome to the club!!
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