By Karen Cino
I believe in karma, and I believe that it’s our dreams that keep us alive and keep us going. Now, you have to ask yourself with NaNo starting today, how am I going to find the time and inspiration to write? Even though I have an outline all set up, I still have trouble getting those first few pages started.
Here are my tips for getting yourself to sit in your chair and find your personal inspiration and bring your characters alive.
Look: Look around you. There are some interesting characters around you. Take notice on how people are dressed, their facial expressions, etc.
Feel: magine how it would feel to have that gorgeous man standing across from you, touch your face, run his fingers along your shoulder, touch your lips. Dream it, feel it, write it.
Surprise: Think about what would surprise your character and how he/she would react? Go against every instinct. Do you remember the Seinfeld episode when George did the opposite of everything he usually did? That was an interesting episode, which I turn to when I have a problem with my characters.
Setting: Create a setting that your characters can relate to. I like to place all my characters somewhere within a Staten Island setting. As you can see from my pictures, you don’t need to go far to create a believable location.
Lastly, your inspiration can come unexpectedly. While at the New Jersey Conference, I was surprised when my boyfriend came for the after- party, and then really blew my mind when he got up and sang a song during the karaoke part of the night to me. And, imagine everyone’s surprise when I joined him on stage. Hell, I can’t carry a tune, but I saw potential for my hero in my NaNo project.
I wish all my fellow members who are doing NaNoWriMo this month good luck, and to remember that even if life gets in the way and you can’t write 50,000 words, you are still one step closer to completing your manuscript.♥
Karen Cino is President of the RWA New York City Chapter. She keeps her muse alive by walking every morning down at the South Beach Boardwalk in Staten Island. Currently, she is shopping for a home for her novels, ROSES and MYSTICAL WONDERS and is working on her next novel.