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Vampire Character Sketch

 

1. Human name:
Vampire name:
Birth Location:
Current Location:
Birth Date:
Age:
Age at human death:
Creation date:
Date of Death:
Type of Death:
Who caused death?
Powers:
Leader (creator):
Follower(s):
Hair Color:
Eye Color:
Height:

Profession:
Traveled?
Countries?
Cities?
Inspired by?
Fears?
Strength:
Weakness:
Extra Notes:

The character sketch just helps you get the idea of person’s personality and what happened to them. This is a bit mixed up, but you can always organized it, add to it or subtract it based on your vampires. (It kind of works for werewolves and zombies too.)

Character Sketches

 

Character Sketches 

BASIC INFO

NAME:
NICKNAME: 
AGE/BIRTHDATE: 
HEIGHT: 
DESCRIPTION: 
INSPIRED BY (Celebrities or people know that help create this character):

These next parts help to develop the personality of the character. You can add parts or take them away based on it you need them or not.
 
BELIEFS 
ALIENS: 
ANGELS: 
DEMONS: 
HEAVEN/HELL: 
LOVE AT 1ST SITE: 
 
FAVES 
COLOR: 
FOOD: 
SHAMPOO: 
HOBBIES: 
BOOK: 
MOVIE: 
CAR: 
TV SHOW: 
SOAP: 
ICE CREAM: 
CAKE: 
CLOTHES: 
COOKIES: 
ROLLERCOASTER: 
SEASON: 
COLOGNE: 
SUBJECT: 
 
EITHER/OR 
VANILLA/CHOCOLATE: 
BLACK/WHITE: 
DAY/NIGHT: 
COTTON/ THONGS (GIRLS):
BOXERS/BREIFS (GUYS): 
QUIET/PARTY:
PEN OR PENCIL:
SILVER OR GOLD:
IF YOU HAD TO BE BLIND/DEAF WHICH WOULD YOU BE AND 
WHY?  
 
MISC 
MOTTO: 
WHAT DO YOU WANT OUT OF A GIRLFRIEND OR BOYFRIEND:
 
HAVE YOU EVER 
GONE SKINNY DIPPING:  
BROKEN THE LAW:  
BEEN PULLED OVER:  
ARGUED WITH A COP:  
EMBARRASSED YOURSELF SO BAD IN PUBLIC YOU CAN’T BARE 
TO BE AT THAT PLACE:  

 

Tips for NaNoWriMo Writers

 I wasn’t going to write a blog today, but I just felt I had to give some tips for new and struggling NaNoWriMo writers out there. I was reading http://wideawakebutdreaming.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/bricking-out-the-world/

 

I known at first you’re one of three things:

  • You’re excited belting out 1667, 3k or even 5k words everyday. However you start to fret by day 10 when you are mentally fried. (Or you think you can just do it on the weekends trying to type out 10-15k per weekend.) I had to pull that off on my first year and it really burns you out.
  • You’re nervous barely getting 1667 words per day. Your muses aren’t home and your characters kept arguing with you while you try to make tea and they want you to drink hot chocolate. I would say take a “small” (no more than 30 minutes) and get inspired: look at pictures, watch favorite TV show or clips of it, find something that will bring you back into in the story.
  • You’re a mixture of nervousness and excitement and my advice for you just keep the story nice and steady. If you feel yourself pulling away from the story leave yourself on a cliff hanger for the next day. Just stop in the middle of scene or even a sentence.

 

Things I’ve used to keep me going. . .

  • I have a good support system: friends, groups, even the NaNoWriMo forums. You need to have some cheer you on at least wishing you luck. (There are many of them on the forum and FB groups.) My boyfriend is allowed to nag me during NaNoWriMo, especially to get my novel done. He had denied me attention until I got a certain word count.
  • I have a reward system for myself. (I made a list of things I like: TV shows, candy, foods, soda, things I want like mugs or cute socks. Then I added word count value for them. For example: a piece of candy after 500 words or coffee mug after 15,000 words. Etc TV shows I usually give 3-5k, favorite meal 25k etc.) The main idea of the reward system is simply to make smaller goals to the bigger goal isn’t so overwhelming.
  • Word Sprints are one of the reasons why I got 50K by day 21 last year and why I ended NaNoWriMo with 63k. (For those who don’t know word sprints are timed burst of writing. My favorite sprint is 20 minutes. For 20 minutes, you just write and after 20 minutes you post your word count. Most word processors have some kind of word count. There are programs on-line just good “word counting programs.”) There are also reverse sprints where they give you the word amount like 500 word or 1k and then you post the minutes when you get to that point. You get a lot of words out with that type of sprint, but too many of those really burn me out. It’s not really a race and there may be someone with more words than you, don’t worry, it’s just about accumulating words. (NaNoWriMo Forums and FB game both have word sprints usually going on or simply request one and others will follow.) The other great thing about a word sprint is if you are shy and don’t want to post that you only got like 50 words in 20 minutes, you don’t have to. You can also just get a timer and make your own sprint; set the timer for the time you and write during that time.
  • I had strong characters that really just pulled the story through when I started to feel burned out. If you get a chance where your characters can just tell the story, let them.
  • I was always writing. If I wasn’t at a computer, then I took a notebook and wrote at least notes for chapters, or scenes. I had even written an entire conversation with my characters, because something stuck my inspiration when I was out and about.

 

For those who end up having problems. . .

  • 30 days happen faster than you think. You take things one day at a time. If you miss a day, you don’t have to double the next day, just add a few more words throughout the rest of the challenge.
  • You are not the only struggling. There are others struggling as well, and don’t be afraid to ask the forums or FB groups for help.
  • Life goes on. I still have to make dinner. I still have to see family and friends or do errands. I just take my writing with me. I use life in my story, it really helps. Someone pulled in front of you driving to work, make them a victim in your story. (It does help and it keep you out of jail. LOL)
  • Have fun. I want my writing published, but this month is not focused on the editors, agents or publishers it’s about get 50,000 words on the first draft done. I love to write; I have fun writing!

 

I wish all of those doing NaNoWriMo this year the best of luck with your projects.

My 2012 NaNoWriMo Projects

 It is almost that time again. . . the time where I forget most of the world and work constantly on my writing projects. This time is known a NaNoWriMo. . . National Novel Writing Month. I’m excited as I have been waiting all year to lock myself up for several hours a day doing sprint after word sprint slowly allowing my story to come together.
I love it when my characters and my muses just agree, and I just allow the story to come to life. I appreciate my boyfriend being so patient with me during all of this and now this year he has idea and wants to work too. (Now I realized I will have to share the computer, so I will have to really schedule myself and use all the time I have with the computer very wisely.)

I am nervous and excited; I have to challenge myself to keep my writing with so many hours and I gave myself two projects. I am rebelling on both as I have already started writing on both, but I know I can get 50K on each project.

Project 1: Driving Lies, a thrilling novel I started last year about a murderer who kills off a family that ruined his life. I have about five chapters in Part 2 to finish and all of Part 3. However my outline from last year is so precise that I should be able to just dive into the deep end and start writing. (It started a movie script I wrote in high school.)

Project 2: The Crimson Shadow Collection: Melzela, is book one of seven in my vampire series. I have a huge story-line about a family of about 75 vampires. I feel you need to bring the horror, seduction, and the power back into the children of the night. (I have been working on this idea from the character sketches, outlines, and family trees since before the first Twilight movie has come out. I feel that NaNoWriMo is going to be that push to get at least one of the book finished. I wanted this book from page 1 to end on my computer before Dec 31, 2012 and if I play my cards right I will get it done a month early.)

My Own 10 Reasons I am writing in NaNoWriMo

I read an article from NaNoWriMo blog http://blog.lettersandlight.org/post/32671611607/10-reasons-you-should-do-nanowrimo

I decided to make my own top ten reasons for participating in NaNoWriMo.

1. I’m a story-teller and writer. I am always writing a story or a poem. If not, they are replaying in my head.
2. I enjoy the challenge. When I first started to write novellas and novels: I was paying more attention to the page numbers, but then I discovered word count: now I am always challenging my word count. In fact, I am counting my words now. . . This month I have just under 19k and so far this year I have estimated over 200k. That is a lot of words.
I also have deadlines once I achieve the 50k; some of the sponsors have rewards, but you must take advantage of them within a certain time. This keeps me going; I don’t just write a story and then stop.
3. It a creative outlet for me to express myself. I am always trying to express who I am and I think NaNoWriMo lets me do it within the month of November.
4. I like to socialize. I really like finding people with similar hobbies. It nice to know I am not the only struggling with my plot, characters, or muses.
5. I like achievements. I feel like I am standing on top of a mountain when I finish those 50,000 words. I feel that I am that much closer to a published novel. It’s a journey. It’s not necessarily a physical journey of climbing on rock and dirt, but getting up, motivating yourself, and typing word by word is really a journey of both the spirit and the mind.
6. I love my computer. I love living in such a modern age. I’m not the one who has an iphone or ipad, but I love my computer. It lets me do what I love: write, get on NaNoWriMo, chat, and play Sims. I enjoy being on-line with my writing groups and typing up a story/blog for several hours each day.
7. I love to stay indoors most of the time. I will admit I love the fall and spring, the weather is warm and it’s great for walking. However in November it starts to get cold and rather snuggle up with a good book or write at my computer with hot cocoa than go outside.
8. I enjoy just being in my own world. I have a key-chain that says “I’m in my own little world; it’s okay they know me there.” I have my characters in my head mingling with my very creative muses and I love the action and drama that goes on in my head. If I can get my world from my head to my stories it’s even better.
9. It encourages a desire to finish a project. There is something about holding your own paperback book when everything is said and done that makes the struggles of NaNoWriMo worth it. I feel amazed when I look at my book shelf and I see my book up there with other authors instead of just on the computer screen.
10. It’s nice to know that there is more after NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is just the beginning . . . They have sponsors that work with publishing and other writing projects. They have NaNoEdMo (National Novel Editing Month in March), Scriptfrenzy (April) and Camp NaNo (June and August) in the summer. I even know a few writing buddies that have another writing month in January. I just appreciate that I never have to stop writing.

Fantasy Writers: Try this

For anyone writing fantasy this might interest you.

Have you ever been stuck on a character? Or do you feel you need a change but you’re not sure how? My suggestion for you is play Dungeons and Dragons (also known as D&D). It doesn’t matter if you are writing about elves, dragons, fairies, gnomes, trolls, wizards, rangers, and the list goes on, D&D helps with abilities and stats of these beings and if you have problems deciding on who you can be just roll the dice.

 

My boyfriend Tom got a game going with my brothers and I. He made his own world with 3 large continents and many cities with dungeons and temples on each. We even recreated a city that was destroyed. (He uses D&D books 3.5 more as guidelines and ideas for his campaign.)

My character is named Scarlet and she started 18 and level 1 wizard. She was 5’7” with red hair and was thin. She was human wizard, who was really weak and clumsy at first. She own a license to drive an airship and yet she had never driven one. Tom’s character was elf rogue who hung out with a elf ranger (my 13 year old brother) and human fighter/druid (my 17 year old brother.) They found my character in an airship crash, and I helped them fix a city. Then we stuck together and we went exploring. We worked for and against some kings and pissed off some higher wizards. We defeated different dragons and other creatures. We even helped Bahamut ascend to godhood. We crushed a guild of a assassins. We each have our own dragon; my dragon is white and I can communicate with all of the dragons. They had saved my lives a lot of times and I’ve given them magic items.

However now after 2 years of this campaign and my character is level 14 wizard doing level 9 spells and I have feats that allow me not to use material or having to work with the spell books. Now I am not just human, but I am race called dragonsoul because I have the soul of a white dragon and an air elemental. I have white hair, and scaly skin around my wings. I can fly and control 80% of the wind. This was because I had the spell Vampiric Touch and I took too much power. There is such thing as an overkill and it can cause serious changes.

My favorite spells was the Magnificent Mansion where I magically make a door appear (based on my concentration and my die 20 roll.) It leads to a state of the art house where we can hang out and hide to rest up. We can repair weapons, sleep, eat (full fridge) or whatever else we can/ need to do.

 

 

You can play this game on-line. However some dungeon masters can be very strict to what the books tell you. They can also make the game as big or small or simple or complicated as they want.

Play Online
https://signup.ddo.com/ddo.php?ftui=DDOBlackDragon&abrs=142_1349232734

Wiki has it own D&D site:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeons_%26_Dragons
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Character_sheet
http://dungeons.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

Main web site
http://www.wizards.com/dnd/

Dice rolling sites
http://www.wizards.com/dnd/dice/dice.htm

On a side note: Dungeons and Dragons has nothing to do with Satanism or suicide. It promotes working as a group to accomplish a goal and to use one’s imagination.