Monday, March 21, 2011

Fictional Character Development

So, a couple of blog-friend people are doing this monthly thing for writers to further develop their characters. They're giving a list of questions each month, and fiction writers can answer the questions about one of their characters. I thought it sounded pretty fun, so I'm gonna give it a shot :-)

What is your character's full name?
Brandon Tyler Austin. He is the main character in a novel I've been working on for... oh about 5 years or so :-)

Does his/her name of a special meaning?
Yes. He was named after the town of Brandon River where his mother grew up. The town has a special significance in the story.

Does your character have a methodical or disorganized personality?
I'd have to say more disorganized. He's a 17-year-old guy who gets into trouble and wants his own way in life... definitely tends toward disorganized.

Does he/she think inside themselves more than they talk out loud to their friends? (more importantly, does he/she actually have friends?)
He does have friends, but this story doesn't show him interacting with them much. In his current circumstances, he's spending more time than normal "thinking inside himself," although he does have plenty of interaction with the people around him.

Is there something he/she is afraid of?
Facing the past. Being seen as weak.

Does he/she write, dream, dance, sing, or photograph?
Not really any of the above. If he was a girl, it would be different, I'm sure :-) This is really my first story in which a guy has been my main character, so it's been different.

What is his/her favorite book? (or genre of book)
He's not really the reading type.

Who is his/her favorite author and/or someone that inspires him/her?
Again, not the reading type. But someone who inspires him would be his Mamaw. When he really begins to get to know her, he's kind of taken in by her sweetness and gentleness, and she starts to really have an effect on his life.

Favorite flavor of ice cream?
He's a teenage guy. He'll eat pretty much anything!

Favorite season of the year?
Summer. No school, more time to hang out with buddies.

So there you have it. Character development. And maybe one day I'll actually finish this novel... it's one of those things that just gets put away until I have occasional free time.


  1. This is cool! If I had a blog, I would def. do this...

  2. Ah, Ashley! I'm so glad you'll be joining us for Beautiful People! It's been a lot of fun so far.

    I love the name Brandon! I think I've used it once, or twice for a few of my minor characters. You had mentioned that "He does have friends, but this story doesn't show him interacting with them much." One of the great things about this is to learn things about your character that you may never add to the story, but still makes them more real for you.

    Loved it!

  3. I loved reading about Brandon! He sounds like a neat young man. I only wish he was real. ;) My favorite part of your post was where you said "he's a teenage boy, he'll eat anything." So true! ;)

    It was so great to have you join us for Beautiful People! I hope you join us again! :)


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