Day #29 of NaNoWriMo – Drama Time
As we near the end of NaNoWriMo, take a moment to think about your characters. Readers don’t see but they can feel the words. Understanding what your characters will do, say, and think matters. Writers research, play detective, and experience their characters. That’s why other writers tell you to write about what you know.
As a writer, I try to go to the places of my books to experience the surroundings. If you can’t get there, go to somewhere similar in size. Get into the culture. It’s more possible to travel to places, rather than imagine with YouTube and social media. What do you see and hear? What would you smell or taste? Hopefully it’s good?
Does this work for all genres? Well, let’s make sure that what you do is legal and safe for yourself. We are similar to actors because we spend time with all kinds of characters, at places of employment, or we follow around the people in the job that we would do.
Filling in the details will help create the emotion for your reader. Let’s get back to the grind and think about this as we frenzy toward our word count.