Developing your characters is one of the most difficult things when it comes to writing novels. After all, there are only so many things you can do – so many physical traits, so many quirks before things become cliche, overdone, and just plain too “out there” for whatever you’re writing. People say all the time that there are no limits to writing, but in reality, there are. You just have to figure out how to work around those limits to create beautiful and diverse characters.
With NaNo coming up, this is the time a lot of people start to panic. They don’t have an idea or a jumping off point. Luckily for writers, the world is filled with things to write about. The problem, of course, is actually finding something that inspires you enough to come up with characters and a plot in order to fill a novel-length document. I figured, for our second to last blog before NaNo kicks off, I’d lay out a list of possible scenarios/settings to kick off your imagination. Feel free to add your own to the list! A lot of these, I’ve written in the past, but there are plenty more out there to explore.
Recently, I read The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, I’d never heard of it until my friend insisted I read it, and as we all know, I’m one of those annoying people who dislike doing things people tell me to do, especially when “IT’S SO GOOD.” You’d think that in my late twenties, I would grow out of that, but we are what we are. Anyway, I am more apt to give things a chance at this age than I was as a teenager, so I dragged myself down to the library to borrow the book.