And it’s Sunday already! Like how does that happen? The week flies by just like that and I can’t even say it’s been a busy week for me. Nope. I’ve been at home, in bed all day since Thursday with a terrible case of the flu. But I finished Insurgent – I’m not sure if I told you guys that yet… Maybe I did. I’m sorry I’ll just blame it on the meds…

I haven’t been doing as much as I could have in the last few days, in fact this weekend seem like a blurry haze of nothingness. Anyway, I thought I’d do my Sunday check in before I do some more NaNoPrep. I need to start naming races and developing a more detailed history of the world and the various races and creatures. So exciting!

So what have I done since my last check in?

Regarding NaNoPrep I have been outlining and naming characters and trying to figure out their place in the world. Notice how I said world and not story? Yeah, I kind of don’t have a clear plot just yet, I have an overall ‘set-up’ and ‘conflict’ but I need to get to know my characters a little better before I figure out how this will all play out.

A little confession – I already have a favourite character. She is one of the three main characters (yes, this will be multi-POV) and her name is Melaea and she is going to be totally badass. She is from on a nomad tribes from the Swaard Desert and is a “dragon charmer” – that’s what I’m calling it for now – and has the ability to play/control fire. I suppose you could call her an elemental. Whenever I think of Melaea I just get super excited to write.

I’m struggling with the development of the antagonist because the character I have in mind is not actually evil at all, rather that she is willing to do whatever it takes to protect what is left of her family, even if that means declaring war with the neighbouring kingdom.

Besides NaNoPrep, I started reading Clockwork Angel. I found reading the first few chapters a bit difficult but I’m starting to realise that’s the case with every new novel I read. But once I got pass Chapter Four I knew I was going to enjoy this one. Hopefully I’ll finish it soon.

I also kind of cheated and ordered more books despite the fact that I said I would read five before I buy anymore. I did a confession blog about it yesterday…

I’ve also been participating in the #booktoberfest challenge create by @blotsandplots on Instagram. It’s been super fun so far, which reminds me I haven’t done today’s challenge because I don’t own any pastel coloured book… Oops.

That’s it for today’s check in.

I gotsta get back to my prep.



ROW80 Check In – World Building and Character Developement
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8 thoughts on “ROW80 Check In – World Building and Character Developement

  • October 12, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Love the sound of Melaea! She sounds exactly the kind of character I like to read about. Good luck with your continued NaNoPrep!

  • October 12, 2015 at 5:20 am

    Your story-idea sounds awesome so far, Abdeah, especially your kick-ass, nomadic dragon-charmer. I love strong female protagonists (I have a few in my story-world too). In order to show-off her kick-ass, fire-controlling skills, she’ll need to be paired against an-equal-yet-slightly-more-powerful antagonist. Remember, the antagonist defines the protagonist. In pursuit of a goal, the antagonist inadvertently creates a path for the protagonist to achieve her own goal. The antagonist forces the protagonist out of her dead-end world and through conflict with the antagonist, becomes a better version of herself. Often times, the antagonist is just a mirror image of your protagonist had she chosen a darker path. Think of your antagonist as your protagonist gone bad. Just look at your protagonist, ask yourself what sort of person would your protagonist be if she turned evil, and that’s who your antagonist might be. Also, there should horrible consequences should the antagonist win and your protagonist fail. In a nutshell, your story should be about an unlikely heroine in a tough world who has to achieve an impossible goal by a certain deadline against an invincible villain to save her world, or else endure the horrible consequences of the physical and/or emotional death of herself and the one’s she loves should she fail. That’s what makes a great story. Simple enough, right? 🙂

    • October 12, 2015 at 5:52 am

      Thanks so much for the advice! It is a great help. I never thought of the antagonist being a mirror image if the protagonist… But that totally makes more sense and I think I actually have a clearer way forward now!

  • October 12, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    The best villains are the ones that, in different circumstances, could be the hero. Nobody really ever thinks of themselves as “evil.” Every villain believes whatever they are doing is necessary for some reason or other. They believe they have a good, justifiable reason for doing what they do, even if the rest of the world doesn’t see it that way. My favorite bad-guys all have good qualities. Chernevog from C.J. Cherryh’s Rusalka series, Raistlin Majere from Dragonlance, Khyron from Robotech – okay maybe not Khyron. He’s freakin’ crazy. But that’s why I like him. Point is, your villain has to be just as three-dimensional as your heroine.

  • October 13, 2015 at 1:29 am

    It’s fun to create all the characters. Sounds like you have a good start. The more you dig the more you will find that plot hidden in the inner sanctum of your world. I love fire weaver/spinning character. Sound like a good time. 🙂

    I am actually going to prep for NaNoWriMo this year. I have a story that I have been writing since the summer. It’s definitely novel length. This year I am going to outline and plot., maybe actually write of character sketches. Time to try something different.

    Hope you are starting to feel better and have a better week!

    • October 15, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Good Luck! I love world building especially when it comes to fantasy. Character sketches really help when you’re unsure of your plot. I find that sometimes the characters have a mind of their own and they begin shaping the plot for you.

  • October 14, 2015 at 4:48 am

    Despite that cold, your plot is taking shape beautifully. I appreciate the discussion here about protagonists vs antagonists because my heroines typically battle ‘forces larger than life’ (ie, nature) rather than others. Comments here suggest I may have the real antagonist hidden somewhere. Something more to think about. So have a better week, more writing, less Kleenix, and steady progress w/Nano prep.


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