Hey, everyone! Guess what? It’s time for another Beautiful People post! This awesome meme is hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. These are some of my favorite posts to do on the blog, so I hope you enjoy today’s. 🙂
What is the Beautiful People meme?
From the Beautiful People FAQ on Paper Fury:
Beautiful People is for writers. Every month, we post a list of 10 questions for you to answer about your characters. It’s designed to help you get to know your characters – their quirks, their personality, their flaws, and who they are.
DISCLAIMER: I cannot guarantee that everything here is or will be canon in the future. I have spent a fair amount of time developing these characters, but some stuff is still unclear in my own mind, so I will try to answer the questions as best I can.
Also, the character I’ll be using for today’s post is from a super-secret project that I have yet to officially announce, so some details about the characters and plot will have to remain secret, for now…
Enjoy the post!
1.What are they addicted to/can’t live without?
Mae loves listening to music. It helps her focus and drown out the crazy world around her. She also likes to have a piece of technology by her side at all times. She’d be lost without her laptop or phone!
2. Name 3 positive and 3 negative qualities about your character.
Positive: She’s smart, straightforward, and very persistent. She likes to see things through to the end.
Negative: She is very snarky and sarcastic, she doesn’t relate well to people, and she tends to completely overthink everything.
3. Are they holding onto something they should get rid of?
She’s definitely holding on to her resentment (and also her idealism) of her past life and her fear of the future.
4. If 10 is completely organized and 1 is completely messy, where do they fall on the scale?
I think Mae would probably fall somewhere in the middle, maybe somewhere around 5 or 6. She doesn’t actually try to be super organized, but she owns so little that her living space is rarely ever messy. Most of her life is online, so that’s where she spends the bulk of her time. There’s not a lot in the real world for her to mess up or disorganize.
5. What most frustrates them about the world they live in?
Mae hates surveillance. She’s lived for most of her life in a place where you can never be sure if you’re being watched or not. She wants online information to be free and uncensored, and she wants to be free herself from always looking over her shoulder to make sure no one’s watching.
6. How would they dress for a night out? How would they dress for a night in?
For a night out, Mae would probably dress up as little as possible. She doesn’t like going out anyway. Maybe she would put on a dress (if she owned one) and brush her hair a bit, but that would probably be all. Unless she was going out with that special somebody, and then she would be looking up makeup tutorials online and she might actually care about if her shoes match her outfit, and get really stressed out about how she looks.
For a night in, it would be just whatever she was wearing; probably old jean shorts and a t-shirt from the secondhand store. She literally does not care about anything most of the time. 😂
7. How many shoes do they own, and what kind?
I would hazard a guess that she owns like one pair of sneakers, and that’s it. Maybe some boots too, but even that is probably stretching it.
8. Do they have any pets? What pet do they WISH they had?
Mae has never owned a pet in her life, and she probably never will. If she had to own a pet, though, she’d probably get a cat.
9. Is there something or someone that they resent? Why and what happened?
Mae resents a lot of people. It’s hard to really explain why and what happened without spoiling some of the story, but she definitely does resent both her parents. She never really had a good childhood.
10. What’s usually in their fridge or pantry?
Soda, energy drinks, synthetic food that provides all her daily vitamin and protein needs. She’s not a fan of ‘real’ (non-processed) food.
Thanks so much for reading this month’s Beautiful People post! I hope you enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to share more of this story with you as soon as possible. Right now, I’m in the middle of rewriting a bunch of it (I just got an amazing new idea today!) but hopefully I’ll be publishing the first book sometime next year.
Be sure to check out Cait’s original post, where you’ll find links to other writers who have done this meme, as well as the list of questions and a place to link up your own Beautiful People post.
Once again, Beautiful People is hosted by the amazing Cait and Sky.
It’s always tricky sharing info on characters from super-secret projects. How much to spill without spoiling? I get the impression that Mae’s got Some Things going on in her life, though — which can often be bad for the character, but good for the reader, cuz Plot. ;D
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Yes! Oh my goodness, yes. I am always super nervous about sharing stuff from this project because I’m still in the middle of writing and revising it, and I haven’t even announced the title or anything yet. Like, I just went back yesterday and completely changed the entire beginning of the story; where it’s set and what happens and EVERYTHING. And now I kind of feel bad because I talked about it on Twitter a few months ago, and then I completely changed everything, so… 😂 It was so much easier with my first book, because I didn’t have social media when I was writing it so I couldn’t really share much. But now I’m kind of like, “Well, whatever I say here is what it is NOW, but by the time it’s published it could be something totally different!” Such are the hazards of being a writer online… 🙂
Right?? I don’t how some artists are so comfortable talking about their WIPs. Sometimes I’m scared to so much as announce I’m working on /anything/, lest I jinx it and lose all inspiration! Muses be fickle. XPP
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I like Mae already! You did a great job of answering the questions. Sometimes that can be hard without giving stuff away about the story! I love how she doesn’t really care about clothes. And it’s neat that she loves music! I don’t read enough books about people who appreciate music. That must change, methinks.
I did Beautiful People this month as well. My character is really different from Mae. I love seeing the different types of characters that people come up with!
Good luck with this!
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I can entirely relate to not knowing how much to give away about your stories. Sometimes I get really paranoid and say things like, “Well, it’s about a person… like, a human person. And they live in… some kind of enclosed structure. They also eat…. stuff.”
Mae sounds like an interesting character. I can relate to her on several of the questions, like clothes and shoes. I usually don’t care much about I wear (tee shirt and jeans from the thrift store 96% of the time), but then when I DO have to dress up for something I get really stressed and freaked out because I DON’T KNOW HOW.
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