Hello all! I interrupt the normal program to wish you a happy Monday and introduce an event going on over here for the next week.
This year R.M. Archer was kind enough to ask me to co-host Preptober Prompts so this week will bring much fun and games! First of all, what is Preptober Prompts?
Preptober Prompts is an event which aims to get authors thinking about their NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) projects in new and different ways and aims to help make their preparations fun. Every day this month with an exception of Sundays a prompt of some kind is posted by the blogger hosting that week. The four categories of prompts are: character development, worldbuilding, plot development, or flash fiction.
I am happy to report that my assigned category is characters! (I was very excited when I heard that.)
You can read the announcement post and the other co-hosts here. To look at last week’s prompts go here. And you can also follow the progress on social media platforms with the tag #PreptoberPrompts2020
What if you are not participating in NaNoWriMo? Then you’re in the same boat as I am. This event is targeted to writers preparing for participation in NaNoWriMo however, even if you are in the middle of a project, starting a project but not participating in NaNoWriMo, or if you’re done with a project, you are invited to participate and follow along.
This year’s overall theme is change.
So for this week we will be discussing change and characters and how they relate!
Okay now to this week’s first prompt: How do your side characters change over the course of the story?
In my novel 51, Walter, one side character, doesn’t do a lot of internal changes and is pretty much set in his ways already, but the impression of his character does morph and show different aspects as the story progresses.
Sam, one of my main characters’ brothers, does a lot of changing. His circumstances change at large which causes him to have to rethink the way he approaches things. He becomes more thoughtful and strategic even as he retains his passions that drive him to act in the first place. He also grows to accept a more grim outlook and this leads to him not being as rash in feeling entirely at fault or in being so desperate as he is when he first enters the story.
I think this is a good question to consider. I keep thinking back to one of my characters with the name of Stephen and how there’s little change or development of his person at all throughout the story. I plan to change that for the third draft.
Well folks that’s all for day one of this week!