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Monday, October 31, 2011

Countdown to NaNo: Trick or Tweet!

Writing Song of the Day: "Story of My Life" by Social Distortion


Ahh, yes--it's a magical time of the year. Sure, it's Halloween--but it's also NaNoWriMo's eve. Gah!


So Quita and I've been planning for NaNo by settling on our story ideas and outlining our plots. And this week it's all about character, baby!







Sure, we'll probably do the usual character worksheets and playlists that we've grown to love. But for our NaNo projects, we wanted to also try a unique spin. We decided to fabricate Twitter profiles for our main characters! Squeezing in a bio for fictional people in a 140 characters or less? Sounds pretty difficult, right? Well, it was.




Pam's Characters:


As I mentioned a few weeks ago, my NaNo novel is a modern YA version of Cain and Abel, so I decided to create a fake profile for my two main characters--Casey and Aiden.


Casey Porter

@caseclosed Williamsburg, VA

17. Senior. Insert interesting bio here. Seriously, who reads this shit?


Aiden Porter

@aidinfull Williamsburg, VA

Lover of life--that includes my fam and my girl! Wrestling for UVA next year. Full ride, baby! Swag.


Quita's Characters:


So my story is all about a boy who struggles with his identity after surviving an abduction. I chose to write his bio, along with the girl he may or may not like.


Derek Harris

@darkderek Washington, D.C.

Lacking a soul, but working hard to get it back. Also working hard to find a movie scarier than my life. So far...no go.


Haylee White

@thehayleeexperience Washington, D.C.

Jr. class president & current valedictorian. Engaged to Haze, my electric guitar. Usually searching for nothing.

thehayleeexperience.wordpress.com



So, that was tough! What about you all? Have you tried these for your main characters? If not, give it a shot in our comments. :)


P.S. Don't forget to leave us your NaNo usernames so that we can be buddies! Pam is pharris81 and Quita is mhockaday.

9 comments:

Alicia Gregoire said...

Ladies, this is a fantastic idea. Somewhere there is a program that let's you fabricate Facebook profiles, which I have yet to do.

Jennifer Pickrell said...

Love the profiles - good luck with Nano, ladies!

Sophia Richardson said...

This is a really cool idea, and I'm seriously loving Pam's examples; there's great voice in the bios (snarky and pessimistic much, Casey?), and even their twitter names convey their opposing outlooks (pessimistic vs. optimistic).

Claire Dawn said...

I love these. And I felt like I learned a heckuvva lot about the characters. I'm going to write some for mine. Thanks for the idea.

Ghenet Myrthil said...

Fun idea! I totally want to do this for my characters. Happy NaNo guys!

Jamie Manning said...

This rocks! I've been thinking about creating a Twitter account for my MC, and now thanks to your examples, I'm gonna do it!

Nicely done, ladies, and good luck with NaNo!

Jessica Love said...

Happy NaNoing! I'm jessrkim :-)

Marquita Hockaday said...

We're glad you all liked our Twitter idea :D Hope it worked out for all of you as well. Also, keep the NaNoing going and find us on the site if we haven't found you!

Racquel Henry said...

This is SO cool! I love it. :)