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The characters in your novel are just as important as the stuff that happens to them. You (and your readers) are going to be spending a lot of time with them, so it's important to make them worth reading about. Note that they do not have to be likeable, but they do have to be interesting, and there should be a reason that they are in your novel.
This post will take you through a method of creating characters that will be relevant to your novel, interesting to you and that have their own voice. It is likely that this voice will change and develop as you keep writing your novel, but this post is designed to give you a jumping-off point. As you go through the process, make note of anything you need to research later so you don't get distracted.
It's almost that time of year again! If you haven't heard of NaNoWriMo, it's a writing challenge where writers of all levels, from newbies to seasoned novelists, attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. At 1667 words per day, it's definitely a challenge, but there's no reason you can't do it if you head in with a plan, a collection of writing buddies, and plenty of your caffeine (and/or alcohol) of choice.
So, first things first—you need to figure out what you're going to write! Here are 3 exercises to get you started.