NaNoWriMo Preparation: Creating Memorable Characters

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National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is almost here–the writing project that inspires dreamers to become writers by giving them a deadline of 30 days to create a novel of 50,000 words. 

The overall task sounds fun as a dreamer, but it’s quite daunting once you sit in front of your computer or notebook. 

How exactly are you going to get 50,000 words on paper in just one month?

Here’s the answer: You need to prepare the month before. The month of October is known as Preparation Month or Preptober.

To help you prepare for this writing challenge, I have created a FREE four-part preparation course. This course also comes with a Novel Writing Kit. (Learn more about the Novel Writing Kit here.)

The first part, or lesson, of the course is about generating story ideas and plotting your chosen idea. (Read about it here.)

The second lesson, which we will be discussing in this article, is on Character Creation. 


You readers enter the world of your novel through the eyes of the characters. Your readers pretty much become the characters themselves. So without characters, there’s no vehicle to transport your readers into the world of your story. 

Therefore, you’ll need to focus on characters who are real and relatable to your readers. This makes them memorable. And no, do not create a character that resonates with everyone; don’t try to make one character likable by all. That makes for a very confusing character. Instead, hone in on one person whom you want to write to. This one person is your audience and the person you want to resonate with your writing. This person could be a friend, partner, family member, even yourself. 


To help you create real, relatable, and memorable characters, you will need a character profile chart. This chart allows you to break down traits about your characters. Such traits include: name, age, occupation, personality traits, and so forth. This way, you’re not digging through your memory to recall information about your characters. It’s all in the character profile chart already.

My FREE four-part course and Novel Writing Kit gives you the exact template you need to do so. You can work on it digitally or print out a character profile for each of your characters. (Obtain the character profile template here.)

Therefore, stop thinking about your characters and start breaking them down to form real characters that your audience can relate to and always remember.

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National novel writing month, or NaNoWriMo, is coming up. To help you write about memorable characters, I have a free course and resources for you. Both teach you how to create such characters and offer you the template you need to get started. Check those out now. Good luck and have fun!

P.S. If you need AI generated ideas, try Writesonic.

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