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Camp Care Package #2: Listen to your Characters

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Youtube Guide Siera Schubach has some tips for this week. Find all Camp Care Packages in Breaking News throughout the month of April, or learn more about Camp NaNoWriMo!

Listen to your characters.

When I was writing the first draft of my fantasy novel, I knew practically nothing about the world I was stepping into. I learned everything through my characters and their experiences. I discovered new races and new cultures as new characters came into view. I learned about past injustices and character histories as those characters started to share their stories.

Writing Dare: Write out the schedule of a normal day in your character's life.

Want more advice? Check out the whole video below!

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Siera Schubach is an award-winning writer, editor, and random fact collector. She is a two-time contributor to the NaNoWriMo blog including the popular “How To World-Build Without Knowing Everything”. She is currently in the depths of editing her latest fantasy novel, and working on a nonfiction book that will be published by Bloomsbury in 2024. Check out Siera on Twitter!

What's up at Camp?

  • Camp NaNoWriMo Virtual Write-Ini - Tuesday, April 25, 1:00 PM PDT (Your Time Zone) Make progress on your Camp NaNoWriMo project! During this hour-long livestream, we'll share a few writing prompts to help you brainstorm ideas, and you can chat with other Camp NaNo writers. 
  • Webcast: Explore Your Writing Process and Legacy (Co-Presented with Novelly) - Wednesday, April 26, 5:30 PM PDT (Your Time Zone) What do you hope your legacy will be as a writer or author? What is the most helpful thing you've learned about your own writing and editing process? These questions and more will be answered by a panel of talented young writers. Hosts Harnoor and Emdya of the Read to Heal podcast from Novelly will lead the discussion.

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