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Character Development: Your Character and the Holidays – PART ONE


  Given how early everything holiday-related seems to be starting this year, this seemed appropriate….though, personally, I think you should hold the Christmas music until at least Black Friday.

  I’ll be using Alec Griffin, one of the main characters from my series. He’s been a bit of a challenge for me to get to know, so the more I can ferret out of him, the better.

1. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Twelfth Night, April Fool’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and Bonfire Night. His favorite is April Fool’s Day, because that gives him a valid excuse to be even more of a nuisance than he already is.

2. Alec loves holidays. All holidays. He gets a day off to party with the people he loves. What could be better than that?

3. He would rebel and probably end up being more troublesome than productive.

4. Alec celebrates by inviting everyone he knows and a few he doesn’t over for a day(or night)-long party. As for his family, all he has is his parents, and since they live half a world away, they rarely come to his celebrations or he to theirs.

5. Despite his progressiveness in everything else, the holidays are one aspect of Alec’s life that must stay the same at all costs. Tradition is key and must never, ever be ignored.

6. Pie. It doesn’t matter what kind or what holiday, Alec always goes for the pie.

7. Spoilsports, mostly. He hates it when someone rains on his parade of happiness and good cheer.

8. His favorite part of the holidays is that it can bring his friends together for reasons other than an imminent apocalypse or other dire circumstances. It’s the one part of his life that can be kept normal.

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Writing Prompt Monday – Entry #6

*yawns* I really don’t like Mondays…But the prompt project helps a little. Anyways, today’s prompt, as usual, was inspired by current events from the life of yours truly. Take a stab at it(wouldn’t recommend that in the literal sense) and feel free to comment below.

Q. How would your character react if someone they loved suddenly appeared to be dying (e.g. choking, cardiac arrest, drowning, etc.)? Would they try to help? Go into hysterics? Cackle because they’re going to get the inheritance?

A. I have quite a few different characters to work with at the moment, since I’m alternating between several projects, but I’ll go with the primary two, Flynn and Zissa.

Zissa: She would immediately dive into help. Since she started medical school (but didn’t get to finish), she has some knowledge and might actually be able to do something. With it being someone she loved, she’d be terrified on the inside, but cool and efficient on the outside. Though I’d wager her hands would be shaking a bit.

Flynn: Flynn would probably start dying, too. When he loves, he loves deeply, to the very core. He appears to have a very tender heart and if someone he cares for is in distress, so is he. He’d do his best to help, but he’d be going utterly nuts at the same time.

Your Answer?

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