Post NaNo Writing

Are you all tired of me talking about NaNoWriMo? I sure hope not. I’m not quite done.

I started using my more personal, fandom-enthused Tumblr, as an outlet for my writing – exploring my OCs (original characters), engaging in fanservice for myself. Mainly writing drabbles/one-shots and answering questions about my OCs that my friends might have. In order to get back into writing after taking a break from the month-long stretch I had, I knew that I had to submerge myself in this world.

Let me tell you, there are so many characters to my story, you might as well call me George R. R. Martin. Give me two middle initials. I’m down.

In focusing so heavily on my OCs with my friends, I have discovered what might be the next best method of writing sprinting that I could come up with: character narratives.

I wrote about 5-6 chapters of my story in November (not sure if I am going to break one of the chapters up just yet), and I keep going back to the latest chapter and finding that after two or three paragraphs my momentum just isn’t there. Some of that may also be because of how foggy the future looks for my story. I have plot points and places I want to take my characters, but I am finding it hard to just get to the point on this chapter. So, I’m taking a break from chapter writing and sitting down with each of my characters and writing their stories. Chronologically, historically, in prose. I’m telling their stories from beginning to end.

I expect to go through a myriad of emotions with these characters, but I need to do this. I need to flesh them out. I have so many ideas and inspirations surrounding them that not giving them this would be a disservice. Plus, it will give me so much more material for current and future chapters – I already know that any drabbles I write on Tumblr will probably end up, in some form, in a chapter later. I would love these pieces to be able to make my audience connect with these characters and want to be with them through their journeys.

I have two backers of my OCs so far: Melody and Liz. I thank them. Their excitement for my bbs makes me excited to keep writing about them. I don’t know if I would have already given up or not without them and using Tumblr this way. I don’t really plan on going back to anything less with Tumblr in the future, either. This has been a lifesaver.

Do you write your characters’ stories first, or do you just draft them out? What methods help you stay in your story for the long haul?

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