Beautiful People for Writers: July 2015 Edition

This month's Beautiful People for Writers link-up. Learn more about your characters by participating! Beautiful People for Writers Link-up: July 2015 Edition // Writing AbbyThis is the first time I’ve participated in a “link-up” of this sort, so it’s super exciting. Although, I did create a link-up of my own. If ya’ll haven’t heard of this project, Beautiful People is a monthly list of questions writers can use to flesh out their characters, utilizing their blogs to do so. It’s pretty cool. So, again, I’m glad to be a part of this, and if you’d like to join up, you can find out more about Beautiful People here.

This month, I’d love to introduce you guys to Roland Naveau. He’s being a bit of a pill, which is hazardous during Camp NaNo, so getting to know him better is at the top of my agenda. Wouldn’t you like to meet him? I thought you would. Unfortunately, this is the only photo I have of him. He’s quite elusive. (*I also think he hides pictures.)

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The Interview

1. What’s their favorite ice cream flavor/food?

Roland is partial to stews. They’re filling, relatively easy to make, and he can keep a bowl of it in the back and no one’s the wiser. Except his younger brother. Although, I expect he’d enjoy it a whole lot more if a certain young lady learned how to make it for him.

2. Your character is getting ready for a night out. Where are they going? What are they wearing? Who will they be with?

A little spot in the Wilderness (I haven’t thought of a clever name yet) is known as a Lovers’ Lane, of sorts. He’d get dressed in his clean clothes, whatever those are at the moment, and brush off his shoes. Of course, he’d take a little lady named Frida with him, but he’d never admit to taking her there to be alone with her.

3. Look at your character’s feet. Describe what you see there. Do they wear dress shoes, gym shoes, or none at all? Are they in socks that are ratty and full of holes? What do they consider comfortable and what do they consider agony?

He’s a bit lax when it comes to the feet department. Roland just doesn’t care. He tries not to wear out his socks and work shoes, since he needs them for work, and he hates wasting money on things he doesn’t need. His shoes aren’t in good condition, but he continues to take care of them. His socks have a few holes, so during the winter, he layers them. In the summer, however, he uses one pair to avoid feet blisters.

4. Do they have any birthmark or scars? Where are they and how did they get them?

Roland has a peculiar spot below his ear, where he got hit over the head while rescuing his brother from a street fight with some other boys.

5. What kind of music do they listen to? Does it change depending on their mood or is it always consistent? (Feel free to share samples!)

Roland enjoys listening to others play their music, although he can’t distinguish between the different types of songs. He does enjoy the happy-sounding ones more so than the others.

6. Do they have any musical talent? Play an instrument? How’s their singing voice?

Roland never learned how to play an instrument, but he’ll gladly listen to the other locals play their music. Vocals are rarely used in music where Roland is from, but his mother taught him a few tunes from her hometown. Not that he would ever make a fool of himself singing them. It’s that bad.

7. What kind of book would you catch them reading?

Roland never learned how to read. Frida, however, is remedying that. Roland prefers it when she reads to him, but he’s learning in order to keep her quiet. He enjoys listening to her read the history of the Valencian Realm, especially the Era of Discovery, which was before the Valencian rule.

8. How would they spend their summers (or their holidays)?

Roland, before emerging into adulthood, enjoyed spending time in the Wildnerness. He loved examining the various plants, and he taught himself how to sketch them so he kept track of which ones he saw before. When he’s able to leave work, he does the same thing.

9. It’s Saturday at noon. What is your character doing? Give details. Ex. If they’re eating breakfast, what’s on the menu? Are they hiking, shopping, lazing around?

During the story’s equivalent of a Saturday, Roland is in the store working. When everyone else gets off work, Roland is busier than ever.

10. Is there anything your character wants to be free of?

The store, and his village. He wants his own plot of land in order to start a farm. He’s worked tirelessly for years for that one piece of land, away from the village and its sickness. It’s the one thing he wants more than anything.


*I’m not crazy, but it’s funny to pretend my characters are living. Roland would definitely hide photographs.

Do you interview your characters? How do you get to know your characters?

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14 thoughts on “Beautiful People for Writers: July 2015 Edition

  1. Omg, Roland is adorable…even the one elusive picture of him. 😉 ALSO he saved his brother from a street fight?!! WHAT A WONDERFUL SOUL. :’)

    Thanks for joining in!!

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    • Aw, thank you so much, Cait! I’m so glad you took the time to read the post, and even comment! I’m fangirling a little bit, to be honest.

      The link-up is utterly awesome, I mean, who wouldn’t want to join in?
      –Abby

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    • Aw, thank you, Hannah Marie! I’m trying to flesh him out, so to speak, and stuff a few flaws down his throat. Any ideas? Did you see anything cliche in just that little snippet of his personality?

      Thanks for reading, AND commenting!
      –Abby

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      • I don’t see anything really cliche in it, but I think one way you could make it interesting is by making him determined, single-minded, and/or black and white about things. Make him know what he wants, make him see truth in things and hate lies, make him love what is right, make him determined to live the life he thinks he wants to live. You can give the story a nice twist by attaching the readers to him (and his motives) at the beginning and then taking what he wants away somehow, OR you could give him what he wants and then make him see (and your readers see) that having what he wanted wasn’t worth losing what he had, OR you could make the story have a happy ending by him working through struggles and then achieving his goal (maybe not perfectly) but it is achieved in some way. You can keep that sweet side of him too, though. He loves his family and is willing to stand up for them. However, if you make him to be black and white, he could shun some people (unconsciously or consciously) because of what they stand for. If you make him a quiet and secretive character, that could make it even more interesting, because he could have this determination and stubbornness on the inside for what is right, but struggle to let other people know about it. Then you give your readers a frustration, because you show them his thoughts, and then you show them what he says, and if they don’t match up they will be like “Why don’t you just say what you mean?!?” He must have a reason for being quiet though- maybe its because he has strong opinions and doesn’t want to offend or you could make it be something in his character that was passed on from his mother/father, or you could make him quiet about the real things, because there is some pain behind his facade and he doesn’t want those around him (those he loves) to feel it and to know it. I hope my ideas make sense and helped you! Let me know what you think!

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      • You’re brilliant, let me say that right now. You’ve given me some splendid ideas on how to realize poor Roland, who’s remained an enigma until now. Your long response to my questions MADE MY DAY, let me say that right now.

        I love your ideas. I mean, really love them. I think “love” isn’t a strong enough word to express how I feel about your suggestions. “Adore” sounds a little better. You took a lot of time in crafting this reply, and it shows through. Thank you so much for that.

        I think Roland ought to be a quiet person, per your suggestion, because he’s afraid for those-yeah, okay, I’m giving too much away now. Can’t do that. I’ve gotta be mysterious, you now. Let’s just say that you’re probably a mind-reader, because what you said was spot on, and fits with the story’s plot perfectly. Hence my absolute fawning/drooling/fangirling in the previous paragraphs. The plot allows for Roland to maintain a quiet nature for other reasons than cliched brooding, or other reasons of that nature.

        At any rate, I’ll leave you alone now. But, I must tell you again how much I appreciate your answer. You helped me out during a frantic time in my writing (Camp NaNoWriMo!), and rescued my WIP from certain disaster. And made it much more likely that I’ll win Camp NaNo this month. 🙂

        Thank you so, so, so much!
        –Abby

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  2. Wow, I just realized how long my last comment was. hahaha. Sorry if it was boring! But also, I would love to know more about your story that you are writing during camp nano! I really liked this post.

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    • Like I said in previous, you are awesome! I loved your comment, and it was definitely not boring. It was everything that means the opposite of boring.

      Do you have an account over there at Camp NaNo? If so, please tell me your username so we can connect! I’d love to hear about any works you’re, uh, working on.

      If not, I’ll tell you about the WIP anyway, simply because I’m excited about it.

      Now. 🙂
      –Abby

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