We triple dog dare you.
A total breach in etiquette, we know. But such is the weight of the gauntlet. The month of November has become a bastion of creativity for the aspiring or even casual storyteller. It is likely that you know at least one person involved in the wildly popular NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) campaign. But perhaps through years of trial and error or sheer intuition, you’ve decided a 50,000 word draft in 30 days isn’t quite your speed or format.
What if you’re drawn not to plot, but to character? And indeed, for many storytellers, it’s the hustling and bustling of our protagonists and antagonists generating plot in the first place.
November is as good a month as any to shake loose 30 bright, funny, dangerous, winsome, loathsome, heroic characters from your mental stores. Because for the third consecutive year, November is host to the 30 Character Challenge from Comix Tribe.
It’s as simple and as daunting as 30 characters in 30 days. And hundreds have already registered to try their hand.
From the official 30 Characters website:
The 30 Characters Challenge is Back!
The Challenge: Create 30 new characters in 30 days- one for every day of the month of November.
Why: Because the world still needs new characters.
When: Starting November 1st, 2011.
Where: Right here on at 30Characters.com.
How to Register: Simply sign up here with your name and email address to be added to the 30 Characters 2011 Challengers Roster.
Returning Challengers: If you participated in the 30 Characters Challenge last year and would like to take part again this year, leave a note in the comments section below, or send an email to email@example.com confirming participation.
Stay Connected and Spread the Word:
- Follow the hashtag #30characters on Twitter for the latest information on the 30 Characters Challenge!
- Like the 30 Characters Challenge Facebook page!
- Keep an eye on your inbox for weekly 30 Characters Challenge updates!
- Grab one or more of the approved 30 Characters Challenge Banners, and post on your website. Or better yet, create your own!
Have questions about the challenge? Be sure to read our FAQ, for everything you could possibly want to know about #30Characters.
Get inspired. Liberate some great characters from up there in the cobwebs. Assemble your troops for even bigger things in the weeks and months to follow. But above all, get started.
Registration ends on Sunday, so get moving!
Too much on your plate to participate this month, but curious about the legions of heroes and villains being birthed into the world? Keep an eye on the 30Characters website for creator updates. You can also browse the digital gallery, featuring previous works from the participants available for download on Graphicly. The list includes great titles like Tyler James and Koko Amboro’s epic fantasy Tears of the Dragon, the capes and tights drama Extraordinary, and the shambling horrors of the Grim Crew’s Dead Future anthology.