Yeah, I know, I’ve been gone for a while. *hangs head in shame* But I’ve got a post for you today that I really enjoyed doing! Now, it’s not goofy or anything, but it’s deep, and that’s better … right?
Anyways. I have this novel that I’m working on. I started planning it out last spring (something that I never do). I was originally inspired by learning about the Black Plague in school, so I was going to write an apocalyptic book. And, of course, being me I had to add magical realisim to it. Now, there is no plague and just modern day w/ magic.
Basically, concepts like “Life,” “Death,” “Destiny,” etc. are all “people.” They kind of have control over are world (they’re in a pocket dimension of sorts) and it’s all kind of hard to explain. But it’s cool.
And today I was opening up the word doc. only to find out that my 69 paged document got turned into a 22 paged doc. filled with ###########. Unreversible. Lovely. There were tears. (This happened to me April of 2015. I 10/10 do not recommend.) So I am restarting the whole novel that I completely slaved over (it’ll probably be my April project … or maybe July) and decided to develop that characters more.
That, my friends, is why I’m here today. (Also, today is Sunday and I am soooooo booooooored.) I found this ultra cool, ultra deep “questionaire” to get to know your characters (find it HERE), and am doing it with my MC, Lincoln Chase.
(Of course I’ve have some pictures of him … click on the pic to go to my Pinterest bored!)
WHAT DO THEY WANT + WHY DO THEY WANT IT?
Lincoln wants perfection. He’s not a perfectionist by any means (seriously, I am dying of laughter), but he wants his ideal life: the perfect job (one where he loves it and succeeds), his idealistic family (he loves his family … but he doesn’t feel like he belongs), friends that just “fit” with him.
He’s not saying/thinking that he is unhappy with his currently life, but to him it could be … more. He has this deep feeling that he isn’t satisfied with what he has and that he needs something more.
A lot of this unsettlement is stemmed from his family. He adores his baby sis (Jessamine), and his parents are great. But they could be … better? Is he missing something? What would his life be like if there wasn’t Min, or if he had more siblings? If his mom wasn’t so up-and-down? If his dad was more invested?
He wants perfection.
WHAT DO THEY SUBCONSCIOUSLY WANT? WHAT DON’T THEY REALIZE IS IMPORTANT TO THEM? WHAT DO THEY NEED?
Lincoln wants to be loved, to be needed, to be wanted. He doesn’t want to be left. Though he’d be loathe to admit it (if he even knows), but he wants to be apart of something. Whether that be great or small, he just wants community.
He never lacked love growing up, but a part of his soul hungers for it. Little bits of his soul are lost each and every day to that gnawing hunger.
Family is definitely important to him. Friends, as well. Lincoln doesn’t like to let people in, but when he does, than their apart of something great. Lincoln thinks that he doesn’t need people, sometimes, but he does. He so does. It is a staple of his being.
WHAT SCARES THEM?
Being abandoned. Lincoln has had it happen, and he doesn’t much like it. That’s probably part of why he doesn’t let others close.
He also is terrified of failing. That he’ll lose his sister and parents and friends by simply not being good enough. He isn’t a people pleaser … but being a disappointment? That simply terrifies him.
Lincoln also fears this part of him, deep deep down, that wants to cause pain and fear. He wants to be judge, jury, and executioner. He’s worried that this will eventually turn to his little sister.
WHAT DOES YOUR CHARACTER BELIEVE? HOW DO THEY PERCEIVE THE WORLD? HOW ARE THEY WRONG?
That, while there is good and bad in every person and thing, there should be judgement. People can’t just walk free of a crime. Mercy should be given sparingly.
He also strongly believes in protect your own. When that has been done, you can reach out to others. But always loved ones first. Always.
Lincoln sees the world as this big challenge, if you will. There is no one solution, but there still is a solution. Most of the time, people are just pawns in this game. He cares for people, but he wants to win this game called “life”.
This, however, contradicts with his inner self of protecting others and sacrificing to help others.
IF YOU HAD TO SUM UP WHAT YOUR CHARACTER’S VALUES INTO 3 THINGS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
Connection. Intelligence. Justice.
BLAST TO THE PAST: WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN YOUR CHARACTER’S PAST THAT INFLUENCES HOW THEY BEHAVE NOW?
A main (and kind of obvious) one is when Min came into the Chase family. She was an angel to Lincoln. She was an outlet. When she was a newborn in a crib, Lincoln would smooth her small amount of hair and whisper the wrongs of the world, and how he would make it better for her. She is up to getting ice cream with him on bad day, no matter the temperature. She will just BE with him. She fed his compassion.
Also, when Lincoln was young, he met a girl. She was his everything; they were the best of friends. She taught him the “proper” way to climb a tree. He taught her how to charm anybody. They did everything together. Then, in eighth grade, she disappeared. Not literally, but she cut ties. Never left her house. Abandoned him. That is where he gets his fear of abandonment.
CONSIDER RELATIONSHIPS. WHO DO THEY TRUST? WHO DO THEY HATE? WHY?
Lincoln doesn’t really “trust” people, per se. Though his closest confidant is probably his friend, Tony. Both are sort of outcasts (and both by choice). Both are unsatisfied with the world (in different ways). They never confide in each other (do guys even do that???), but they can be THERE for each other.
And, obviously, Lincoln trusts Min. She is his sun and moon. He would go to any length for her. He knows that she would never betray him.
As for who he hates? Lincoln doesn’t really hate anyone. Dislike? Yes, definitely. But not genuine hate.
Someone who he’s completely ticked off with, though, is Camille. He sees that she abandoned him. They were as close as can be, and she left him. There is a seedling for hatred there.
HOW DO THEY BEHAVE?
Lincoln is generally reserved. Now, he’s not shy or quiet by any means, he just doesn’t let others see all of his cards. He’s quirky in a way, and he can always get a crowd laughing. He has charm.
But that is all a cover. He acts out of compassion, though he is by no means a pushover. He likes to think through his options and is typically head over heart in most matters.
HOW DO THEY TALK?
(AKA: Narrative style.)
Lincoln has a constant voice in his head. It doesn’t shut up. He is constantly over-analyzing everything: Is this the best choice? Am I in the right or wrong? Could this be more efficient? What is true? Etc.
He is very intelligent, but just hearing him talk briefly, you wouldn’t immediately come to that conclusion. He just reflects the other person. His brain is also a mess of ideas and truths and just thoughts.
ELEVATOR PITCH. HOW DO THEY DESCRIBE THEMSELVES IN 30 SECONDS?
“Hi, I’m Lincoln. I don’t fit in, though I guess that I could if I want to. One could say that I’m a nerd – I get almost all A’s and play D&D, though I don’t like to box people in by stereotypes. But if I did, I would totally fit it. My identity, I guess, lies a lot within my family and friends. I have a little sister named Min and she is the moon to my earth. My parents are great and they treat us both well. Umm, I like to draw. I wouldn’t say that I’m stellar, but I’m good enough. I-”
Oops, ran out of time.
Yes, I did time it.
Hey guys! I’m so glad to be back! If you liked this post, please click the like button and comment! I hope to do some more of these kinds of “deeper” interviews with this round of characters, along with some silly ones. Comment below about your day – I’d love to hear it! Bye! ❤