Here's some proof.
A couple of days ago (a few days into November), I realized something strange. I was working on my NaNo project and had accomplished my daily word count goal and had an extra thousand words padding the story. In all I had about 6500 words written.
For the first time in my life, I'd written an outline. This outline consisted of:
- character sheets for my main characters
- a story path for each of my MCs
- a path outline for the story (main outline)
- descriptions of 2 of the main settings in the novel
In all, I had over 6000 words written in preparation to write the story.
Altogether, that's 12 000 or 13 000 words.
As I was writing, I came to a part where my female MC takes off her helmet and tries to fix her hair. And that's when it hit me... I had NO IDEA what my MC looked like.
I didn't know hair colour, length or style. I didn't know her height or build.
I didn't know any of that about my male MC either.
I knew them as people but I wouldn't have recognized them on the street.
Of course, not recognizing people on the street is a special talent I have...
How about you? Are you a visual person? Do you know what your characters look like?