Getting to Know Some of the People in My Writerly Head // Beautiful People

WonderfulWriting

It’s that time of the month, when I ignore the fact that this is mainly a blog for already-published writing and instead talk about my many, many WIPs, thanks to Cait and Sky’s Beautiful People posts! This time, I wanted to highlight multiple characters simply because I can and I felt like looking for lots of pretty pictures on my various Pinterest boards for each story.

Starlight

Ellie from Starlight

Ellie:

1. What first inspired this character? Is there a person/actor you based them off?

This story was inspired by a combination of my love of the Daughters of the Moon books back in middle school and a mini-phase where I went through some of those Sunday ad magazines that come in with the paper and would cut out random preteen and teen clothing models and make them characters in stories. So, Ellie was “Faith” and a random brunette girl in a “fashionable” (at the time, anyway) outfit of jeans and a decorative tee. Otherwise, I don’t think I base a lot of characters on specific things – although I could be totally wrong and just not realizing it. I have a certain look in mind when looking for random pictures (as you can see with the pictures in this post), but that seems to be all.

2. Describe their daily routine.

She wakes up in her cousin’s bedroom, which she now shares, she does all those regular morning things in complete silence, goes to school and amuses herself by watching her cousins bicker with each other. There’s boring school, which bores her because she’s completely silent and more interested in creative pursuits. Then, once she gets home, that’s normally when she can escape to Lumière, the secret world she discovered, and that’s when things get interesting and not so typical.

aesthetic:

3. If they joined your local high school, what clique would they fit into?

Ellie would be one of those people who exists on her own – she doesn’t talk to anyone else, she always manages to be somewhere else during lunch periods, and she never goes to any events. She’s her own clique, party of one – at least, at the beginning of Starlight.

Ellie:

4. Write a list of things they merely tolerate. Ex: certain people, foods, circumstances in their lives…

She only really tolerates her pretentious and snobby aunt and uncle because she doesn’t talk in general, so she’s never in danger of saying the things she really wants to say about them and to them. Otherwise, she’s a pretty easy-going person, even if no one realizes that due to her silence.

Ellie:

5. How do they react in awkward silences?

Ellie is the awkward silence. The main reason she moves into her maternal aunt’s house is because her parents are quite worried about her complete silence. She can out-silence anyone – even though she doesn’t react, she enjoys how much it ticks POV character Lacey off when she merely stares at her without saying anything. She doesn’t do awkward either, as she’s perfectly happy with herself and her secret world, so she reacts positively or not at all.

Ellie:

6. Can they swim? If so, how did they learn?

I’m sure her parents simply stuck her in a pool and tried to make sure that she didn’t sink – no expensive lessons or classes for them, that’s for sure. She’s much more interested in creating art than testing her physical endurance by seeing how many laps she can do in a pool or something.

Ellie:

7. What is one major event that helped shape who they are?

Discovering Lumière for sure – that’s the secret world she stumbled upon, and the reason she’s silent (for fear of revealing its secrets), and it’s the magical world that everyone else will learn about in Starlight, so it’s obviously a huge part of everyone’s life in this story.

Ellie:

8. What things do they value most in life?

Lumière is the most important thing in her life – it’s a place where she feels free and welcome to explore herself. It has to be extremely important if she’s going to become completely silent in her “everyday” life, since she was such a vibrant person before (and still is, when she’s in Lumière and once she starts to let her cousins and new friends into her life).

She was like the moon, part of was always hidden away:

9. Do they believe in giving other people second chances? Do they have any trust issues?

She definitely has trust issues – she stopped talking because she was afraid of telling someone about Lumière and them somehow destroying the thing she values most. She’ll slowly get better at trusting as the book goes on.

Santorini | travel | adventure:

10. Your character is having a rough day…what things do they do to make them happy again? Is there anyone they talk/interact with to get in a better mood?

Escaping to Lumière, for sure. Eventually she’ll start to bond with her cousins, cousin Lacey’s best friend, and another classmate, Melissa, who will slowly become her love interest – for now, though, she doesn’t have any people in her real life she can talk to, only people in Lumière (so I should probably start figuring out some of the characters who live there…).

Wandering

Wren from Wandering

Wren:

1. What first inspired this character? Is there a person/actor you based them off?

Honestly, it was so long ago that I can’t quite remember. Wandering was first created back when I was in middle school and wanted to write a story about a girl who has amnesia and was really a princess or a fairy princess or something kind of random like that. I would write a chapter or so and then send them to some of my friends to “critique,”  which basically meant they said “wow, this is awesome!” because who knows how to critique back in middle school (ok, some people might, but we sure didn’t). I’m sure it was inspired by many stories, but I honestly don’t remember.

Wren:

2. Describe their daily routine.

Try to live – whatever that involves. Everything she does pretty much revolves around that, so she doesn’t have a set routine at all. She doesn’t even have a regular home much of the time.

Wren:

3. If they joined your local high school, what clique would they fit into?

Wren would be one of those people who has a super-best friend that she’s always hanging out with to the point where she probably ignores everyone else. She doesn’t do it on purpose and she’s not setting out to hurt people, but she has a lot of trouble letting people in, which translates to not having a lot of friends and people she cares about.

Wren:

4. Write a list of things they merely tolerate. Ex: certain people, foods, circumstances in their lives…

She has little time for people with no sense of humor. Yes, she’s constantly in danger, but she likes to be as light-hearted and happy as possible in the situation, so she doesn’t like it when people are solemn all the time. She also dislikes spoiled people who don’t appreciate what they have, because she would obviously like many things in life (not to be chased by assassins, a place to call home, a sense of general safety…), and people who have those things and don’t appreciate them are Not Good People in her book.

Wren:

5. How do they react in awkward silences?

It depends on her mood – if she’s nervous, she’ll start babbling and maybe even get a bit giggly, but if it’s a part of a plan or she’s mad at the other people, she can totally do the silent treatment without feeling the need to fill the silence.

Wren:

6. Can they swim? If so, how did they learn?

She probably learned how in the middle of trying to escape the Malum (the assassins chasing her) – she didn’t grow up in many foster homes that were super-interested in getting her to swimming lessons or teaching her how to swim for free.

Wren:

7. What is one major event that helped shape who they are?

Being chased by the Malum, for sure. It’s shaped her entire present life completely. If you want to get technical, it would be her parents dying and being put into the foster system before the Malum learned about her, but she doesn’t know that.

Wren:

8. What things do they value most in life?

Her life and the people she cares about (so, basically, Ethan and Josh, in that order right now). She wants to learn about her family, but that’s more of an obsession, not something she values. As someone always on the run from assassins and trying to figure out her past, she doesn’t have a lot of things to value and care about.

Wren and Ethan:

9. Do they believe in giving other people second chances? Do they have any trust issues?

Most of the time, yes, because she’s being pursued by assassins, but she has a soft spot/blind spot for Josh (because he’s also a victim of the Malum) and Ethan (because he was her best friend before she ran away), which some people might say make her a bit dumb at times because she’s blinded by the dangers of always trusting them (although in this case, she’s right to, because she needs some people on her side!).

aesthetic:

10. Your character is having a rough day…what things do they do to make them happy again? Is there anyone they talk/interact with to get in a better mood?

She needs Ethan by her side for sure, with plenty of sarcasm and jokes. Josh is also getting to the point where she can rely on him to cheer her up – I need to make sure that doesn’t become a case of instalove for sure, because I want them to have a genuine friendship as well.

TheReganGreerStory

Regan from Untitled

Regan:

1. What first inspired this character? Is there a person/actor you based them off?

Why don’t I know the answer to this question for anyone?! She’s probably based off of many paranormal protagonists, but she’s evolved since then.

Regan:

2. Describe their daily routine.

She has a pretty average life – she gets up, goes to school, and either hangs out with friends, does homework, or works at the same diner that her mother does; of course, when the story actually starts, nothing is normal, but that’s kind of the point of the story, that things get weird for poor Regan.

Regan:

3. If they joined your local high school, what clique would they fit into?

Hmm, she’d probably be one of those in-betweeners – you know, has her own group of friends and isn’t really popular, but she can talk to the popular kids if she sits by them or works with them on a group project.

Regan and Olivia:

4. Write a list of things they merely tolerate. Ex: certain people, foods, circumstances in their lives…

She’s a pretty easy-going person. She goes to a fancy private school where everyone is much richer than she is for the most part, so she’s used to being surrounded by pretty spoiled people without letting them bother her. She tries too hard to fit in thanks to her fear of people finding out she has some weird power to worry about getting annoyed and drawing attention to herself.

Regan:

5. How do they react in awkward silences?

She totally gets nervous and will often start rambling. She’s always worried that she’s done something wrong and that’s the reason for the silence, so she tries to fix things without actually knowing what’s wrong.

Regan:

6. Can they swim? If so, how did they learn?

When she was little, her mother took her to the community pool a few times, but much of the time she was too busy working, so Regan probably has the rudimentary skills but no grace and finesse when swimming. Ooh, that could work its way into a scene where she needs a little extra help from a certain brunette whose parents could afford fancy swimming lessons…

Regan:

7. What is one major event that helped shape who they are?

The first time she accidentally transformed something – she has the power of manipulation, but she doesn’t know what that means since her mother isn’t magickal and her father left before she was born, so that was a terrifying moment where she realized that she wasn’t normal and didn’t really have anyone to turn to for help. That’s the reason she’s so careful about letting people in and figuring out that there’s something wrong with her.

Regan:

8. What things do they value most in life?

Her family – so, basically, her mother, because that’s all the family she knows. She loves her mother above everyone else, which makes it even harder for her to keep her secret.

Regan:

9. Do they believe in giving other people second chances? Do they have any trust issues?

She definitely has trust issues since she’s terrified of her secret getting out, which can mess with her second chance decisions. If she weren’t so scared, she would definitely be a second chance type of person, and she’ll have to learn to allow for that again.

Regan and Olivia:

10. Your character is having a rough day…what things do they do to make them happy again? Is there anyone they talk/interact with to get in a better mood?

She likes getting a chance to be on her own, do some drawing and just unwind. If she wants to be with people, though, then she’ll probably spend some time bonding with her mom, and eventually Olivia or Ty, after her life gets a bit more normal (so, after the story is over).

all the pictures are from Pinterest, but they’re from my personal account, so I don’t want to link to it – basically, none of these images are mine, I just use them for inspiration!

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5 thoughts on “Getting to Know Some of the People in My Writerly Head // Beautiful People

  1. oh, WOW! This is wonderful! Ellie sounds like my kind of person. She IS the awkward silence? You go, girl!
    And I love the name Wren. So much awesomeness! Best of luck with all the writing 🙂 I need to get around to doing these posts as well!

    1. Yes, we need awkward silence people – I might be the cliched “awkward in silent moments,” but that doesn’t mean my characters need to be!

      I’m kind of sad about “Wren” because I used the name before a lot of YA protagonists started having the name, but whatever, she’s Wren in my head and I can’t just change her name at this point.

      Thanks, and I hope you do these posts – they can be quite fun AND insightful!

      1. Ooh, good to know – I haven’t actually read books with a “Wren,” but I feel like that’s a name people complain about when they talk about overused “cool” names.

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