Friday, March 16, 2018

THE 5-PART WRITING SPECIAL // part 3



We are BACK, with Part 3 of the 5-Part Writing Special! Today's set of questions is about...

*drumroll*

...THE MAIN CHARACTER.

Wait, did you say "character"?? Ladies and gents, we're getting to the good stuff now! Read on, read on!



~Introduce your Main Character(s): (A name, and what type of person they are)~

(I modified the part in parentheses so that it wasn't quite so informal, just to let you know. xD)

My main character is Delmy, which is a cool German name I somehow discovered a while back. Origin story: In the first draft, her name was Delilah. But the meaning of Delilah didn't fit right with her character (AT ALL), so I changed it to...

*drumroll again*

...Lila.

SOUNDS FAMILIAR, NO? I like the meaning of Lila better. xD

If you're thinking I got my pen name from my MC's name, then... well, you would be 100% correct. (*cough* To my blogger friends: most of you hadn't found my blog yet, back when my pen name was Delilah...) As my number of followers grew, I realized I'd better change my MC's name again, because #awkward. Then SOMEHOW I discovered "Delmy," which I think is cool and unique, don't you??

As for the kind of person Delmy is, she's pretty much my alter ego. I'm super shy - she's not. I overthink and bite my nails over my actions - she doesn't think twice before plunging into a challenge.

Basically, she's the kind of girl who doesn't like to just sit around, even if everyone else is.


~How are the goals of the main character and the villain clashing?~

*massages forehead* Okay, so the goal of the villain is a big secret that I keep hidden for a decent portion of the novel.

As of now, all that is known is that the shapeshifters are kidnapping people, and Delmy wants that to STOP. Her main goal is to find her grandmother, but oh how she wishes she could do more!


~What motivates your MC?~

One big motivator is the guilt she carries around like a backpack full of bricks. Rather than the desire to get rid of that backpack, what motivates Delmy is the fear that it will get even heavier.

Like I said, she can't stand sitting around.




~What lie does your MC believe in?~

Delmy believes that she needs to do something to help. Like, she NEEDS to do something, or else she's a failure to whoever in her life needs help/is in trouble.

And that's not true, to be frank. "Need" is a strong word, my friend.


~What is one trait the MC disapproves of in his/herself?~

Well, she doesn't like how stupid she is sometimes to leap before she looks, especially after she meets Hansel and Gretel and ends up dragging them into more danger than they were already in.

It's waaay more Hansel's fault than hers, though, so cut her some slack on that one! And cut Hansel some slack too - he's such a cinnamon roll. <3


~What does the MC love about him/herself?~

She loves that she's different from everyone else, specifically the other girls in her village. While they gush over meaningless things like that stupid Peter Pan legend, Delmy is busy being concerned about everybody's safety + visiting her wonderful grandmother.

No time for idiotic stories that pile mountains of charm and charisma on a person who couldn't possibly be that perfect! I mean, COME ON.

She's also the only one with a red cloak, so that definitely makes her stand out. And she likes it that way.


~What is your MC’s greatest strength and weakness?~

Greatest strength: willing to do crazy things

Greatest weakness: eager to do crazy things

I think so, at least. There might be something even "greater," but I don't have time to mull over it forever, so...




~What does your MC like to do when they’re bored?~

Go for a walk. SHE CAN'T SIT STILL, KAY?? She likes to stroll through the village square, avoiding the other, giggly girls and observing everything from under her red hood.

Or she'll take the narrow forest path to Gram's cottage in the woods. Because Gram is brave and epic like that.

Aaaaand... I don't know why. Halp. :P


~What does the MC look like? (Bonus points for picture)~

I would share a Pinterest picture, but I greatly prefer using pics from that site only in collages.

But you will see her picture in a collage soon. Until then, just know that she has shorter brown hair that looks like a rat's nest for half the novel. I know this because Delmy is a subtle complainer. *raises eyebrow at Delmy*


~How is your MC similar to and different from you?~

As aforementioned, Delmy is very close to being my alter ego. We're similar because we both find it hard to get rid of guilt, even over things that happened QUITE a while ago. Go back to question 1 to read about how we're different. I would hate to be needlessly repetitive.

Those are all the questions! Be sure to check out the posts of the other participants below! And lovelies? Do come back next week to read about more characters. It'll be EXTREMELY fun, I promise you.


Does your main character have a cool name?
Is your main character more different or more similar to you?

~Lila Kims

22 comments:

  1. AAAAHHHHH, DELMY SOUNDS AWESOME! I had no idea your pen name used to be Deliliah. That's cool. I love how the story sounds and the ship that I have, besides never reading it, has sailed. I'm pretty sure I'll be shipping like crazy. *nods*

    Anyway, great post! I can't wait to see what your MC looks like.

    ~Ivie| Ivie Writes

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    1. I'M SO GLAD YOU THINK SO! Yeah, I liked it at first, but then I decided I didn't. xD

      Oh, goodness! I know you're shipping Delmy with someone, but I don't know which one it is... :D

      Thanks! And me neither! Though, if you've seen the collage on My Writings page, you've actually already seen her, lol! xD

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  2. SO THAT'S WHY YOUR PEN NAME WAS DELILAH! I wasn't following your blog when it was, but I did read through all your archives when I first found it (because I'm a stalker, who knows) and saw that that used to be your name. XD AWESOME. Delmy is an incredible name and I LOVE it!

    ALSO I CANNOT WAIT TO MEET HANSEL AND GRETEL! AND PETER!

    (And also the sassy unable-to-sit-still girls are some of my FAVORITES. So. You have won me over completely (like there was any more winning to be done about this story (I think we mentioned I'm overfond of parentheses....)))

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    1. YOU STALKER, YOU!! xD xD Yep, that's the story behind it! And yessss, I love "Delmy" too!

      I CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO EITHER! *screams*

      (*grins* I like that type of girl character too! And oh my gosh, Faith, YOUR COMMENT!! <3)

      And lol, parentheses within parentheses with parentheses... xD

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  3. I like Delmy a lot. I love that she is your alter ego!

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    1. I'm so glad, Skye! And I love it too, tbh. She is some things I wish I was, and that just makes the writing that more exciting. :D

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  4. I LOVE the name Delmy!!! It's so neat and unique!

    Lol, I love that she can't sit still. I'm sort of that way...like, I'm tapping out a rhythm or jiggling my foot even when I'm "sitting still." And I just love to be out DOING THINGS...but I'm also a writer, reader, and office manager, so I do have to do a lot of sitting...

    I /do/ need to learn more about this GRAM though, who lives in the woods. Seriously...give me some epic old ladies.

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    1. Isn't it?? I like it a lot too!

      Lol, I have some habits like that as well. xD I love sitting, but I also love getting out and moving around, so YES, I'm like that too, I think!

      She's pretty darn cool!! At least, I hope I've made her an epic old lady. :D

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  5. Delmy sounds awesome, I love how she got her name! :D

    Can't wait to see what she looks like!!

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    1. I'm so glad you think so, Gray!! Eep! :D

      I've been making character collages, and the process has been SO fun - I can't wait to show you and everyone! xD

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  6. Delmy is just as epic as I hoped that she would be :). When I was little, it was really hard for me to sit still too, so I can't blame her that she wants to MOVE. And yes, I do need to know about these supporting characters, in particular Gram!

    AWESOME JOB, LILA!!!

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, Catherine, I'm so glad!! :) Yes, Delmy wants to MOVE - that's exactly how she is!

      I can't wait for next week!

      THANKS SO MUCH!!! <3 <3

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  7. I love how you came up with Delmy's name--what does it mean? And that she is your alter ego. And that her strengths and weaknesses are the same. Good work!

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    1. Delmy means "Noble protector." I really like that meaning, though I'm not sure how much it applies to her... lol!

      Thank you soooo much!!

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  8. Woah. Delmy seems to have changed from the first draft version. :P Lol That part about the girls and Peter Pan legends. XD XD Hilarious.

    And I can't wait to read her again. Thanks for making me NEED this book.

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    1. Yeah, she is pretty different, isn't she? Everyone's at least a little bit different - I think you're going to be pretty darn surprised by how Dusted Red has changed. xD

      And lol, she doesn't have time for that stupid Peter Pan legend. :D

      You are WELCOME, Snapper. Seriously, tho. *evil chuckling*

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  9. Ahh, question 1!!! To spoil the plot, or not to spoil the plot, that is the question!

    Poor Delmy! Guilt can be so hard on a person, even if they're not at fault. I need to hang out with Delmy sometime. She and I have a lot in common, particularly the CRUSHING INABILITY TO SIT STILL. Do you think I could get her number? XD

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    1. Yes, Delmy is indeed struggling with guilt and the fear of the guilt. :P

      Since you have a lot in common, she'd be happy to sit down and chat! Or... er... walk around and chat, seeing as sitting still is hard for you both!!

      Of course you can, Evan, her number is 1-800-RED. xD

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  10. I love learning about the different characters that writers come up with. They're all so unique!
    I didn't know your pen name used to be Delilah. Delmy sounds awesome!

    I love your collage! I'm trying to make one for my MC, but the software I used left a 3 inch grey area on the side that wasn't there before! I don't even know how to fix it. :\

    Thanks for these posts! I love character development. <3

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    1. Me too, and thank you so much!!

      I'm glad you liked it! And ugh, that sounds annoying. I use Canva, but I don't even use the Photo Collage format. I just take a Blog Banner, upload my pics, and then arrange them so they fit. :)

      You're welcome, LHE!! Thanks for reading, and I'm sooooo glad you enjoy! <3 <3

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  11. Oh my word!!!!!!!! Delmy sounds awesome and I can't wait to read her story. (hint, hint.)

    Me? Well, I wanted a really cool name for my MC, but I couldn't think of one, so when I started writing, I just had these big blank spots that I would fill in when I came up with a good name. Finally, those spots drove me crazy and I thought, "I'll just put a random name to fill them, then when I think of a great name, I'll change them all!" I randomly chose Abigail, but decided to make it look different so I would remember to change it. Finished and edited two drafts, and her name is still Abbigayle, Abbi for short. That's how creative I am: I could never think of a great name.

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    1. Thank you, Clare!!!!! (Haha, I see your hint ;))

      I think it's cool that your character has two b's in her name! Sometimes baby name sites have really interesting/unusual names, or if you Google "cool girl names" or "bizarre boy names" you will get A LOT of results. Lots of fun lists to browse!

      I mean, Googling "German girl names" is how I found Delmy. *shrug* :D

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