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Character Mapping

I watched the YouTube video from Kristen Martin on character mapping, a few minutes ago. I found it quite helpful and I look forward to creating my characters.

Unfortunately, my blood sugar is higher than it should be, so I’m waiting for the shot of insulin I took to work. Meanwhile, i’m recording my character mapping on my phone’s audio recorder.

I’m finally taking my writing seriously, and plan to work hard in achieving my dream of being a published author.

Now . . . To Outline

I did it! Late last night, I came up with my nanowrimo  book idea. It just came to me when I thought about what was important to me as a person. God was my first answer, then family, friends, and umm . . . Netflix. Okay, maybe I just wanted to binge watch a show right then, but you get the picture.

So, I decided to focus my book on friendships. I love character driven reads; books where I can relate to the characters and feel like I know them personally. So, my nanowrimo book will be about four women who become best friends. Simple as that.

Now, to outline. I’m not much of a plotter, but I don’t really like pantsering it either, so I will outline to a certain degree for this book.

There are many opinions on how to outline your novel. I have gone through many, many YouTube videos in the last year or so, and from what I can gather, the way you outline is totally up to your preference.

Because my book will be character driven, the characters are, of course, the most important parts of the story. So, I want to get to know each of my four main ladies in depth. I want to know everything, and I mean everything, about them.

Out comes the notebook . . . you know, the notebook that has been sitting on my shelf for the past year, waiting to be used for something special.

The first few pages will be of my first character . . . Gabriella Newport. I don’t know much about her, yet, but this is my chance to dig deep into her past, present and future, and find out what makes her the woman she is today. I want to know what her hairstyle is, what she does on a rainy night, what her go-to food is when she’s had a bad day, (Ice-cream for me!) I want to know about her life when she was a teenager, what her dreams are, what her biggest pet peeve is. These details are very important for me to know.

Now, in your outline, the characters may not be as important as the world you are building or the plot. For me, though, the characters are everything.

I’ve decided to write the book in the first person point of view in the past tense. Each character will have alternating chapters in which they will give their stories.

So, it’s 6:30 am on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, and I’m going to grab a cup of tea, settle down and open that notebook.

How do you prefer to outline? Have you come up with your nanowrimo book idea?

If you have any questions for me on writing advice, or if you just want to talk, please feel free to email me: authorcherylgilmore@gmail.com

God bless you in all you do, my friends!


How to Come Up With an Idea?

Okay, so I’m ready to do it. I’ve signed up for Nanowrimo, (National novel Writing Month) on their website, and now I need to come up with the idea. You know, THE idea. I need to brainstorm.

How do I start, though? I’ve had some great novel ideas in the past, but none of them have ever worked out, so how can I make sure that I am going to write the book I’ve been dreaming of for thirty years?

My dream for most of my life, was to see my name on a book cover. I want to write the next Canadian classic. Is that too much to ask for? Well, I guess I’d put up with any book out there! I want people to know my name. I want people to read my work and get so engrossed into the plot and characters of my book, that they stay up all night reading it.

So where do I start? I’ve been brainstorming all day, but nothing has come to mind that I particularly like. Other authors have told me to find my inspiration in music, and other books that I like. I’ve tried that today, but still . . . nothing. I won’t give up, though! I plan to write the first draft of my book during nanowrimo in November . . .  or at least get a good chunk of it done.

So, I’m about to head to bed, early tonight, and go to dreamland, where I hope to come up with the perfect book idea. I’m not expecting it to be particularly original or brilliant, but it will be MINE.


So, are you preparing for Nanowrimo, as well? Make the commitment by signing up for free at nanowrimo.org.

What are your inspirations for finding new book ideas?

Have you come up with your book idea?

May God bless you in all you do, my friends!


A Writer’s Journey Through Life

    Hi! My name is Cheryl and the reason why I wanted to start this blog, is to share with you, the tips and tricks that I have gathered through the last year of going through YouTube videos, books, and other websites, in writing your first novel.

I have written a short novel, but it wasn’t what I wanted it to be, so I never tried to get it published. Now, I have just signed up for Nanowrimo for the first time ever, and I am determined to write 50 000 words of a new book in the month of November, 2017.

This blog is intended to help support those writers, who wish to publish a book someday, as I do. So, what do you say? Wanna do this together? I would love to give my support and any advice I can give you in your journey as a writer. I have taken courses, and received excellent marks on them, as well as read many books on how to write a novel. The following blogs are my favorite tips, tricks, and truths that I have found most helpful in my journey.

Thank you for joining me in this, my friends, and may God  bless you in all you do.


Love in Christ,