NaNo Prep: The Official NaNoWriMo Character Questionnaire

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"Most people think that an intriguing plot is what makes a story good, but the truth is that exciting plots are made up of original and well-developed characters. Not only are characters with hidden depths and secrets more fun to read about, they’re also more fun to write about.

It’s a great idea for you, the author, to try and get to know your characters before you begin writing. We asked a team of scientists, mathematicians, and creative writing gurus from around the world: “What’s the easiest way for writers to get to know their characters?” Hands down, the experts all agreed the single best way is to fill out our Character Questionnaire”:

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ajadev:

My 1st story was written as a long poem. I illustrated it with my own drawings of the Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal. These were all places the nameless Boy in Blue took the young girl. It was for a class project. My 8th grade teacher liked it so much she kept it when I moved on to high school. In my sophomore year of college, during winter break I visited my 8th grade teacher & she returned to me my 1st story. Back on campus after the break I changed my major from Environmental Science to Creative Writing. My advisor said, “I feel that was your plan all along. I’m glad you’re done fighting it.”
Writing matters.

ajadev:

My 1st story was written as a long poem. I illustrated it with my own drawings of the Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal. These were all places the nameless Boy in Blue took the young girl. It was for a class project. My 8th grade teacher liked it so much she kept it when I moved on to high school. In my sophomore year of college, during winter break I visited my 8th grade teacher & she returned to me my 1st story. Back on campus after the break I changed my major from Environmental Science to Creative Writing. My advisor said, “I feel that was your plan all along. I’m glad you’re done fighting it.”

Writing matters.