Beautiful People is a meme for writers hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. Its purpose is to both help you get to know your characters better as well as to share your writings with other people. The questions are posted at the beginning of the month and you can link up throughout.
Unfortunately, this is the last Beautiful People for now, but I may go back and do some of the archived ones, because I’m going to start really trying to motivate myself to write again. I haven’t written since NaNo and I want to revise my first novel half-ish thing before I continue writing. Or maybe outline then revise. I always think I’m an outliner and then I just pants it but wish I had an outline to help me know what the heck happens. Anyway, back to this edition of Beautiful People.
- Favorite genre to write in?
Well, given that I’ve only ever tried to write in contemporary, I’d say that is probably my favorite genre to write in. I don’t know if I could ever do fantasy, though I do love to read fantasy.
2. What book do you think your character would benefit from reading?
In the current draft, my yet-to-be-named MC would probably benefit from reading Nina LaCour’s first book, Hold Still. Her best friend dies by suicide in this draft, though I think I’m going to change that in draft 2 because with everything else going on it might be too much and I want to make sure I handle all my issues well.
3. Favorite piece of dialogue you’ve written?
I haven’t written it yet, but it’s going to be a very long, banter-y version of the chicken butt joke between the MC and one of her lady love interests.
4. What did your character want to be when they grew up, and what did they actually become?
I think my MC wanted to be a lot of different things when she was little, but becomes lost in her teen years when the book takes place. But, I think she’ll eventually become a writer and editor.
5. Favorite character names?
Honestly, the only character who has a for-sure-sticking-with-it name right now is the young author love interest, Rose Garber. I wanted to name her Rose because she has pink unicorn hair and Garber because of the author Stephanie Garber. I can’t decide what to name the other love interest, who is her best friend, or the MC herself. I feel that names are very important and help me mold a character’s personality in my brain and it’s been hard to write without a solid name choice.
6. What makes your character feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way?
Not being judged for her emotions. My MC is afraid of sharing her emotions with people because she thinks they’re too big and ridiculous. The person she feels most loved with is her best friend, who she has a crush on.
7. Favorite character you’ve ever written?
I haven’t written much yet, just two half-novels, so I don’t know if I can answer this question. I think Rose will be one of my favorite characters because I want to show lots of different sides of her and her mental illness.
8. If your character were permanently leaving town, what would they easily throw out? What would they refuse to part with? (Why?)
My MC would have a hard time throwing anything out because she’d be too anxious that she’d miss it. She would definitely refuse to part with her cat, Splinters.
9. Favorite tropes to write!
Again, I haven’t written much, but I really want to write a hate-to-love romance someday. I love reading those.
10. Which story has your heart and won’t let go?
Even though I shelved my first novel half, which was a series of vignettes about an attempt to rekindle a relationship, I still have this feeling that I want to finish it someday. It was based on a real relationship that I’m over now, so I could go back and write it probably, but for some reason I’m still kinda convinced that it should be written.
11. Favorite relationship between characters you’ve written?
Okay, these questions are really making me feel like I need to write more so I can actually have answers. I’m really looking forward to writing Rose and the MC’s relationship because it’s going to be *complicated*
12. Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” What are the books that you want to see more of, and what “holes” do you think need filling in the literary world?
- books featuring intersectional characters
- books with teens dealing with mental illness that show them getting help
- books with present parents
- books dealing with loss of friendships
- books set in early college
- books with sexual assault or rape that aren’t considered “violent” by mainstream definitions
13. Favorite pinterest board / aesthetic for a book?
I was making my aesthetic board for Queer Bookish Novel and realized it was all in the colors of the bisexual flag, and the MC is bisexual. So that was a good moment:
14. Favorite time periods & settings to work with?
15. When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with?
I want people to feel hopeful after reading my book. I want them to feel like even though things may not work out perfectly all the time and that life can be hard and miserable sometimes, it’s still possible to get glimmers of happiness that are worth it.