So I discovered quite a bit when researching for my NaNoWriMo novel. I learned that chicken of the woods makes a good meat substitute, hence its name. I learned that Valerian root is rumored to help with insomnia among other things. Also, I reaffirmed the difference between a lamb and a sheep.
Among many other things, I began my character sketches. For my major characters, I used the Creative Writing Now website’s “Questionnaires for Writing Character Profiles.” It’s really rather helpful to see your major characters as whole individuals that need depth. It makes them human and real.
I want my character to resonate with as many readers as possible. This is difficult. How can I make a character impact a white man and a black woman, a citizen from the U. S. and a citizen from the Dominican Republic, an atheist and a devout Christian? That is the question I am trying to solve. I want my novel to target a specific audience, yes, but I also want it to appeal to others.
If anyone has suggestions, I’d be open to them.