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Outlining: Who is Your Character and What do They Want?

Outlining_ What does your character want?

If you are anything like me, you want to participate in NaNoWriMo next month. You’re motivated and you have a story idea that you are absolutely in love with. The only problem? You have so many different ideas in your head, but you just don’t know how to fit them all together. If this is you, then you are the one that I’m writing this post for.

The problem that I found with putting all or my thoughts down on paper was that I just didn’t know where to begin. There were too many parts that I was trying to focus on at once: the characters, the plot, worldbuilding–you get the idea.

That was until I realized that I didn’t even know what my character wanted. What your character wants is pretty much the most important thing a book needs. If you don’t know what your character wants, then you have no plot. And if you have no plot, it doesn’t matter how amazing the world might be, people are not going to read your story if the characters are just wandering in circles. So first, figure out who, exactly, your character is and then ask yourself what they want most. Your plot will be based off of that want and conflict will come from anything and everything that gets in your character’s way. And this can be condensed into four questions:

  1. Who is your character?
  2. What do they want and why do they want it?
  3. What or who stands in their way?
  4. What happens if they don’t get what they want?

I hope this helped you if you were in a rut. Please comment below if this post helped or if you have any suggestions for future posts.



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