So far, as I’ve been writing my NaNoWriMo novel, I realized that it’s not really me who’s bringing the characters to life and showing the reader what they’re like.
I’ve been seeing my characters through the eyes of the other characters, which means that to some extent, everyone is characterized very differently. It’s like real life, when you are not seen the same by everyone. To someone, you might be a devoted mother, but to another person, you might be a jealous and vengeful person.
By observing each other, my characters are bringing each other to life. Levi sees Alyce as a helpful person, whereas nearly everyone else in the story sees her as a nagging pain in the neck. Seeing the characters in all these different dimensions says a lot about them – and I think their personalities are a lot more clear than they would have been otherwise.
It’s much better to let the reader decide which characters he likes or dislikes, depending on which characters’ commentary he agrees with. That way, I don’t feel so intrusive as the writer. I don’t feel like I’m telling the reader who they should root for and who they should hate.
Anyway… if you’re doing NaNo, what’s your word count? Are your characters doing anything crazy yet? 😀