I see a lot of bloggers writing about their characters, while I’ve been pretty quiet about mine. But, I am passionate about the characters from my novel, Emergence, so of course I’d love to talk about them!
In order to make this more fun for me (and for you), I’m inventing my own writing tag. I shall dub it: “The 6-Prompt Character Challenge.” That’s probably the lamest tag name ever, but we’re going with it.
At the end of this post, I’ll be tagging other bloggers to participate, if they want to. (Also, if you read this post and haven’t been officially tagged, feel free to jump in anyway!)
How this tag works:
I have six brief questions/prompts that I will be answering for three of my main characters. You can change this number, of course, and even change the prompts if you like, so long as they are the same for each character. The point is to compare your characters’ differences and similarities.
A bit of explanation:
The first prompt asks for a “contradiction.” In case you start wondering what this means, it’s basically this: every important character in your story should have something contradictory or seemingly inconsistent about their personality. We see this with people in real life, and it’s the mark of a rounded, three-dimensional character.
Note that this is probably the hardest of the prompts, so don’t worry if it takes some deep thinking. But please consider: if you can’t find any contradiction at all in your character’s personality, it’s probably a sign you need to develop him/her a little more. So, it’s a good exercise to do, no matter what. 🙂
The second prompt asks for a Meyers-Briggs personality type. If you’re unsure what type your character is, you can take the test on their behalf here.
Also, the fourth prompt asks how your character would slay a dragon. This is purely hypothetical; there are no dragons in my book, for example, so the prompt can be applied to any genre you want!
Now, without further ado… it’s time to introduce my beloved charries! *squeals*
Contradiction: Who she loves: People. Who she hates: People.
Favorite color(s): Red, dark purple, black
How would she slay a dragon? She would try to sneak up on it while it was asleep, but would probably end up accidentally waking it up by tripping on something. She would barely escape with her life while hissing a string of curses.
Her darkest secret: She’s addicted to a drug called dathal that is slowly killing her. She has a few years to live.
Where does she see herself in 10 years? Dead. Um, yeah, she’s not the happiest or most optimistic person in the world.
Contradiction: Arrogant servant.
Favorite color(s): Green
How would he slay a dragon? He would charge it head-on, waving his sword and shouting confident threats, but would probably get burned alive in his attempt at heroics.
His darkest secret: He endeavors to be righteous and to keep his thoughts pure… but sometimes, when he’s around his major crush, Carinna, he struggles to keep his adolescent-male imagination under control. And he feels ashamed for it.
Where does he see himself in 10 years? Hopefully married to Carinna, with a couple tiny children running around his estate. (His views of the future are quite euphoric compared to Kindy’s.)
Contradiction: She adorns her hair before entering battle.
Favorite color(s): Light green + pale pink
How would she slay a dragon? Like Kindy, she would sneak in while the dragon was asleep. Unlike Kindy, she would expertly slide under his neck, moving silently as a wraith, and slit open that beast’s throat before he knew what was coming to him.
Her darkest secret: Oh, well, this is awkward… I can’t tell you, because this somewhat of a reveal in the book. *seals lips*
Where does she see herself in 10 years? Still leading her tribe as chieftain. Most likely, unmarried. In her culture, if a female chieftain becomes married, her position as leader would pass to her husband. This is a fact that Lasía regards with a certain amount of bitterness.
I actually had three more characters I wanted to write about, but I was afraid of making this post too long. >_> If you all are interested, I can write a follow-up post about them later!
Passing along the fun:
I am officially nominating six bloggers for this challenge, but again, anyone can participate if they want to. Just please remember to link back to my blog so I can read your post! ^_^
- Cait at PaperFury
- Sara Letourneau
- Annie at Curious Wren
- Zac at Of Bleeding Pens and Pages
- Katie at A Writer’s Faith
- Briana Mae Morgan
Have an awesome Thursday, everyone!