Category Archives: Character Surveys

Character Focus: Ellsie

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This post features Ellsie
from The World That Forgot How to Dance
No Spoilers

Hey, Everyone! I have another Character Survey for you. This one features Ellsie from my fantasy web serial, The World That Forgot How to Dance.  

ELLSIE

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 22
  • Hair Color: Light brown
  • Eye Color: Dark brown
  • Hair Style: Curly, cut very short, doesn’t cover the ears, no accessories
  • Body Type: Medium height, thin, like a ballet dancer, carries herself confidently but modestly
  • Favorite color: Baby Blue
  • Typical Outfit: Skirt that comes down to just below the knees, flowing but not like the gypsy skirts, plain white tank top, flats, one bracelet, stud earrings

 

What is your ‘senior standout’ title? Best Dancer. But that’s really obvious, isn’t it? So, besides that, how about Most Likely to Come to a Class Reunion.

 

Name one thing you have no talent for: Styling my hair. I actually used to have much longer hair, but it was so curly and frizzy and I had no idea how to do anything with it. All of my attempts ended in hopeless disaster, so eventually I decided to cut it short enough that I wouldn’t need to mess with it any more. Read the rest of this entry

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Character Focus: Lisa

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This post features Lisa from Ball Girl 
No Spoilers 

Here is the Character Survey for my very first published story 🙂 

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 LISA

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 19
  • Hair Color: Sandy-blonde
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Hair Style: Shoulder length and normally loose, though she pulls it back when working soccer games.
  • Body Type: Average height, slightly muscled but focuses more on cardio
  • Favorite color: Blue
  • Typical Outfit: Jeans, sneakers, T-shirt, sunglasses which she puts on top of her head when she’s inside.

 

  • In a nutshell: Dedicated and perceptive, loyal to causes and people, passionate, driven by a need to feel included but indifferent as to whether she gets noticed for her contributions.

 
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Character Focus: Rodney

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This post features Rodney from School Spirit
No Spoilers 

Another character survey of mine 🙂 For anyone who wants to learn more about an extremely optimistic dragon. 

RODNEY

 

  • Gender: Male
  • Species: Dragon
  • Appearance: Predominantly green, approximately eight feet long, wispy spikes on head and tail, wings, young by dragon standards, bright blue eyes.
  • Favorite color: Orange
  • Typical Outfit: School-themed decorations, mostly   

 

  • In a nutshell: Fun-loving and excitable, does not conform to the normal dragon stereotypes of being powerful and dignified and important, enjoys life, refuses to feel embarrassed, genuinely cares about the students at the school. 

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Character Focus: Samantha

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This post features Samantha from Waiting Room
Warning: Spoilers!

Here’s another of my Character Surveys 🙂 (The first was Trevor’s a few weeks ago.) Samantha was just so much fun to work with. Even though I finished her story a long time ago, I end up thinking about her every time I go to the doctor’s, and I remember, “Aw, yeah… Samantha… You were weird and I miss you.”

SAMANTHA

 

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 27
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Dark Brown
  • Hair Style: Long, worn many different ways depending on her persona of the day
  • Body Type: Slightly taller than average, curvy
  • Favorite color: Burgundy
  • Typical Outfit: Haha… there definitely isn’t one…   

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Character Focus: Trevor

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This post features Trevor from School Spirit
No spoilers

This is a technique I’ve been using for many years to help develop my characters. I created a survey of 100 questions, and randomly choose 20. Additionally there are the bullet point questions which everyone fills out. I give the survey to the character (Yes, my characters frequently get homework from me. And they can get over it and stop grumbling.) They fill out the survey, and then the dialog section gives my trusty alter-ego a chance to delve into whatever strikes her curiosity at the moment.

Feel free to ask your own questions in the comments, and I’d be happy to pass them along to Trevor 😉 Read the rest of this entry