Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve been in this series. I think my last character development post was in November, so for all of our *many* new followers, just a brief note what in the world this is all about.
Sooooo I started this series back in September to focus on developing awesome characters that shine through the pages, since characters are just SOOO important to a novel’s greatness!!! Anyway, my previous posts were about how much you should describe your main character, the importance of giving your characters quirks, and more! So today’s as you can see is about my attempt at character profiles.
A li’l bit of backstory: So I’m not really someone who does character profiles but after Heir to His Crown (more on that novel at the end of the post) when I had gotten so lost soo many times on my characters, I realized it was time to finally start doing them!!!! YAAAY!!!!!!
*dances and realizes I’m the only one celebrating* *quickly stuffs the disco ball and bowls of snacks and chocolate away* *composes self*
So what are character profiles? Character profiles are basically your organization of information about your character. You can lay out the profile in many different ways, all that matters is that it’s clear to you how it’s laid out and helps you keep straight all that important info about your MCs. How they look, how they act, their hopes, dreams, wishes, etc. The one I’m going to share with you today I began using the template Reedsy offers, but kinda branched out into my own thing. But y’all can definitely go check Reedsy’s out and see what they’ve got going on!!! Anyway, what I’m going to be sharing with all of you guys today is the character profiles I created, and if you’d like to use my template, you can grab that right here!!!!!!
The profiles are for the main characters of my newest novel, In Pursuit of Hope. This story is a YA contemporary retelling of Cinderella, minus the magic. Yes, I know. We don’t really need anymore retellings of Cinderella, but y’all, I’ve just been soooo into the whole storyline lately! I mean, how could you not be???!!! Look at this:
So, yeah, I JUST HAD TO WRITE MY OWN CINDERELLA RETELLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The story alternates POVs between “Cinderella” (Ashlee Cinders) and “Prince Charming” (Prince Ruslan), so I’ve been working on making sure they both have a unique character voice. The story also, isn’t fantasy, but more of a suspense/action-adventure novel. Basically, I’m trying a lot of new things out so it’s not really gonna be exactly like other things I’ve written. The tagline is: When midnight strikes, nothing stays the same. I’ve just been soooo excited to write this and eeekk, can’t wait to share more with all of y’all!!! And now the cover!!!!!!
So are we ready to get into the profiles?
QUOTE FROM THE BOOK:
Sometimes it was hard to have a conversation with one who was born to pretend to be someone else when the audience watched. Because when one got good at it, most of the time that meant she never stopped. She would create another life, another role. And play it perfectly. Then the lines between reality and what was fake blurred and she had to balance that tightrope for the rest of her life.
I should know because I was exactly that person.
Name: Ashlee Willow Cinders.
Family relations: mother: Julia Cinders (deceased); father: Reuben Cinders; stepmother: Shona Cinders; brother: James Cinders; stepsisters: Makayla and Mackenzie Gallacher
Current Location: Hopulshire, Vallien
Education: currently a junior in high school
Desires: Ashlee wants to see the world and be free to be who she is. She wants hope of a better life.
What is stopping the character from getting what he/she wants: her stepmother, her fear
The Character’s Lie: there is no joy in the world and love is not real
Quirks: she always wears her hair in braids (bonus: she’ll often be subconsciously twirling the end of her braid whenever she’s nervous or anxious); she loves flip flops and stargazing
Flaw: will act rash and in haste whenever she is angry (which happens a bit too often)
Talents/interests: she’s in the drama club at her school and enjoys acting
Hair color: auburn
Eye color: dark blue
QUOTE FROM THE BOOK:
“His Highness wanted me to ask if you’d care to dance with him,” Lance said to the duke’s daughter, bowing his head. “You will have to excuse his shyness.”
Excuse me? And when did I ever have a shy side? Ugh, no doubt my mother really was holding Lance’s job over his head, that’s the only reason I could think of why he’d double cross me like this. Just goes to show you how few allies a prince really had when the opponent was his own parents.
Name: Prince Ruslan Lukas Callum Josiah Egon of Vallien
Family relations: mother: Queen Idonea Egon; father: King Josiah Egon; sister: Princess Audrey Egon
Current Location: Hopulshire, Vallien
Desires: Though Ruslan wants to please his family and be a great king for Vallien, at the same time, he doesn’t want to live his whole life behind the walls of the palace. He wants to have a normal life and see the world.
What is stopping the character from getting what he/she wants: his duty as the future king of Vallien
The Character’s Lie: (Still trying to figure this one out)
Quirks: he’s made it his personal goal to always find something funny in every situation, not matter how terrible; (still working on the rest of this)
Flaw: oftentimes, he forgets to think about others, though not intentionally
Fears: dogs, yeah, it’s weird. *shrugs*
Talents/interests: though everyone claims its outdated, he’s enjoys swordplay, he’s also a huge reader
Hair color: dark brown
Eye color: light brown
Posture: perfectly straight
Well, that’s a wrap for today!!!!!! And now the extra about Heir to His Crown I promised y’all! SOOO I FINISHED THE FIRST DRAFT OF HEIR TO HIS CROWN!!!!!!!!! WOOHOOO!!!!! I finished it at 87,309 words, which makes it officially the longest book I’ve ever written!!!!! EEEKK!!! And now for the closing snippet (this will probably be the last I share about HTHC for a while as I’ll be talking more about my latest novel):
Never in my life had I truly not wanted to be the prince of Cedulnia until that moment. The burden and responsibility I had to bear, the sacrifices I had to give, were too great. I had no say in any of it. All that was left for me was to keep pressing on.
Only because I was the Heir to his crown.
So lemme know in the comments: Do you use character profiles? What do you think of my new novel? Any suggestions on what my next post in this series should be on?
Well, I’ll see y’all in the next post. For now, as always, KEEP WRITING!!!!!!!