This month’s Beautiful People post is all about your Camp NaNoWriMo characters! I spent April editing and writing bits and pieces for my ~fantasy series~, so I’ll answer the questions for my main character, Charley! I talked about Charley and his relationship with his best friend Simon in last month’s BP post. 🙂
1. Do they get nightmares? If so, why or what of?
Yeah, Charley gets a few nightmares throughout the series — in the book I’m writing right now, he’s majorly worried about avalanches and getting buried in piles of falling rocks. (A legitimate thing to be worried about, I think!)
2. What is their biggest guilty pleasure/secret shame?
I’m trying really hard to think about this, but I’m not sure he feels particularly guilty about anything he enjoys? He’s pretty openly enthusiastic about his interests!
3. Are they easily persuaded or do they need more proof?
I think Charley starts out more easily persuaded about things and learns over time he needs to question more and be more skeptical.
4. Do they suffer from any phobias? Does it affect their life in a big way?
Ooh, yes. Trees and plants in this fantasy world have a tendency to move, and Charley’s been on the wrong end of one too many tickling tree leaves not to suffer a huge phobia of plant life this side of the Door.
At first Charley felt only a slight movement, a lick of something slimy slip past his ear. Then he looked down and found a green vine curling over his shoulder, hooking under his armpit, tightening and suctioning and pulling.
Every time a branch moves with a little too much cognizance, Charley flinches violently.
5. What do they consider their “Achilles heel”?
“Those people are getting hurt because of me?”
“Not you, it was looking for the Object — Kid, wait! You can’t interfere!”
Oh, was that ever the wrong word to use.
As soon as someone tells Charley not to get involved in something, it’s none of his business, he should step aside and let something happen without interference, he can’t stay out of it. So there’s definitely a gut instinct to put his nose in everyone’s business and help wherever he can, even if they don’t want his help, and even if helping might put him in harm’s way.
6. How do they handle a crisis?
“I know this isn’t good — I know that. Oh God, oh God, Simon.”
“You’re useful in emergencies, aren’t you?”
“Why are you yelling at me? What is that accomplishing?”
“Nothing,” said Ol, softer. “Sorry.”
Charley throws himself into crises pretty recklessly without a lot of forethought and often without any semblance of a plan. Sometimes this turns out well … but most of the time, not so much.
7. Do they have a temper?
If he lets annoyances or aggressions bottle up over time, there have been a few instances of Charley overbalancing and showing a bit of a temper — but overall, I’d say he’s one of the cooler heads in my cast.
8. What are their core values and/or religious beliefs?
I wouldn’t say Charley’s brimming with religious beliefs, but he’s definitely got strong morals of right and wrong, fair and unfair, be kind to everyone, do as much good as you possibly can, etc. Which are upended rather frequently as he keeps finding himself in situations where he does lots of bad things.
9. What things do they value most in life?
I’d say his friendships, the people around him that he loves and cares for, Charley values over most anything else.
10. What is one major event that helped shape who they are?
Something too spoilery to write about, sorry!!
Ahh, I feel like my answers were silly and vague, but this was fun! If you’ve done a Beautiful People’s post, leave a link in a comment so I can check it out!! Even if you’re not participating — do your characters have nightmares? I couldn’t think a guilty pleasure for my guy, but does your MC have a ~secret shame~? Let’s talk!