Are your characters even ready for your novel? Whip them into shape with character sketches. Then later on, after you’ve written your way well into your novel, return to the sketch and see if the traits are holding true. If not, go back and make revisions in your manuscript. Remember to show, don’t tell! Show a character’s traits through his or her actions rather than relying heavily on adjectives. Get those character sketches done today so you can pound away at the keyboard tomorrow for the kick off of NaNoWriMo.