I wish that my writing career allowed for me to spend my time at home preparing my characters for November 1st, but the reality of it is – it doesn’t! I have to work, and take care of my two kids, a home, a dog, and all while finishing my degree full time.
Last night I spent a few hours doing character interviews, and this morning, they were still asserting themselves. I was unable to focus at work, and with only days left, I knew I needed to come up with a strategy to quiet them. Here is what I have done in past situations like this.
1. 1. Jot down notes – I carry a notebook with me, specifically for Nano, but I recently read an interview where the writer did all of her notes on napkins.
2. 2. Send yourself a text or email – Give your characters a job, and have them send the email for you!
3. 3. Leave yourself a voicemail – I have done this before when driving.
4. Let your characters interact within your workspace - This is what I chose to do this morning. Instead of fighting them off, I invited them to sit with me. Only a few showed up, but I could visualize how they would interact with the patients. It brought me closer to them, and it seemed to quiet my mind. Thankfully, my six-year-old character is a quiet one, and played by himself in the corner, while his mother chatted with everyone who walked through the door.
What is your strategy?