You always meet with something surprisingly great when you give a little bit of yourself. I facilitated my first NaNoWriMo write-in session yesterday and found the experience inspiring and uplifting.
My workshop on “character development” turned into a lively discussion about character history, motivations, conflicts and evolution. We also touched on the relationship between the writer and his/her characters, as well as the challenges of knowing when to let your characters run free and when to reign them back. Everyone in the room offered unique insights to the discussion, and when it was over, I was bubbling with new ideas for my own work and a re-energized outlook on my place in the world as a writer.
I want to give a shout-out to everyone who came out to write with us yesterday. We writers tend to be cave creatures, but when we do emerge and come together to examine and appreciate the thing that we love, the craft to which we give so much of our selves, magic happens.
Thank you to Erica Thatcher at the SLO Library for putting the event together. And a huge thanks to Megan Barnhard for putting out a vlog about what she found helpful about the session. Watch Megan’s vlog: My First NaNo Day 19: Character Evolution.
Write-on NaNoWriMo-ers! There’s only a few days left to meet your goal, but think of what you’ve already accomplished.
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”― Ernest Hemingway