I'm linking up with Beautiful People today to talk about my main character for my Camp Nanowrimo novel. (Yes, there is yet another novel in the works. You know those people who work on the same novel for several years? Yeah, I'm not one of them.)
(Also, if you're not a writer (as I know several of you aren't) and don't know what Nanowrimo is, allow me to explain. Nanowrimo is "National Novel Writing Month" and takes place in November. Basically, you write 50,000 words in the month of November (which is 1,667 words a day). Camp Nano takes place in April and July, where you get to pick your project and word count.)
Before I start, novel stats!
Title: The Dimension Jumper
Synopsis: A teenage genius becomes trapped in an alternate dimension and must find her way home.
Main character: Dr. Jade Hamilton
Nanowrimo goal: 40,000 words (the unofficial goal is 50,000 but I often struggle to write first drafts over 40,000 words, so I think I'll write the 1,667 words a day until I finish the book).
Now onto Beautiful People. I'll be writing about Jade, my poor, beautiful and terribly tortured teenage quantum physicist.
Describe their daily routine.
When Jade isn't trapped in an alternate dimension, she's working at the university to open a portal to another dimension. (I'm sure you can tell how well that works out for her.) Usually at some point in the morning, the teenage janitor stops by and tries to not trip over his own feet while dying of a deadly disease called infatuation. Jade mostly ignores him. She then heads home, has dinner with her older sister and parents then retreats to her room to do some more work.
If they joined your local high school, what clique would they fit into?
She's no longer in high school, but if she was she'd be alone for most of the time. For most of her high school career she was smarter than the teachers, so she'd have trouble fitting in.
Write a list of things they merely tolerate. Ex: certain people, foods, circumstances in their lives…
Most things. Later on she becomes attached to people and places and things (I know, I know, descriptive me). In the beginning she merely tolerates anything that isn't her work.
How do they react in awkward silences?
Jade actually enjoys awkward silences. She pretty much creates them, and during them she just stares off into the distance, thinking of her work.
Can they swim? If so, how did they learn?
She swam as a kid, but stopped taking lessons.
What is one major event that helped shape who they are?
There are several major events that shapes who Jade is, most of them horrible, but...
What things do they value most in life?
I'm not sure, actually. I think Jade and I will discover that together.
Do they believe in giving other people second chances? Do they have any trust issues?
Yes, she has trust issues, and it's part of her character arc. However...
Your character is having a rough day…what things do they do to make them happy again? Is there anyone they talk/interact with to get in a better mood?
If it's a rough day outside of work, she just dives into her work and ignores everyone else. If it has to do with work, she's completely lost and anxious.
So now that I've managed to avoid pretty much every spoiler out there, tell me about your novels. Are you doing Camp Nano? Which major event shapes your characters? And if you're not writing something, which book are you current reading?