I found a nice little character questionnaire on Pinterest and since I’m already doing some character work on the protagonist for my Farm Story I thought I’d do this like a Beautiful People post.
- What would completely break your character?
Feeling completely unnecessary. Except for her brother Laura has been alone most of her life. She craves companionship like some people crave cake. But she is painfully afraid of being unneeded by those she needs or by anyone at all. To know that if she were gone the world would go one much the same, that would break her. She knows people would miss her, but would they need her?
- What is the best thing in your character’s life?
The new friendships she’s forming. She’s staying at a rest home where her schizophrenic aunt can be properly cared for and that has brought several new people into her life. Felix and his sister Rory are also staying at the farm and in them Luara finally has friends her own age. And then there are the children on the next farm over. They’re in quite the pickle and Laura is trying to help them stay together, dragging Felix in to help her.
- What is the worst thing in your character’s life?
Aside from her own crippling fears the worst thing in Laura’s life is the worst things in the lives of those around her. Felix is fighting to keep the rest home from being closed down, the Morris children are fighting to keep their family together, and the village of Greywater is fighting its own battles too. The worst thing in Laura’s own life is her firm conviction that the guy she’s falling for belongs with someone else.
- What seemingly insignificant memories stick with your character?
One time she and her brother found seven wild apple trees right in a row in the back woods. They ate as many of the apples as they could, played at naval battles in the branches and then got violently sick. Laura has a vivid vivid memory of trying not to wake their mother with their unwellness for fear that she’d forbid them to go back.
- Does your character work to have free time or fill their free time to get back to work?
Laura doesn’t work for a living. She takes care of her aunt but when she’s not doing that she writes. Not so much lately as she used to. He definitely has a sense sometimes that she keeps busy just to fill time.
- What is she reluctant to tell people?
That she no longer feels like a writer.
- What would cause your character to make a scene in public?
Injustice or cruelty. Someone making her angry. Laura has a temper and has never been stingy about showing it.
- What would your character give their life for?
I don’t think Laura has anything she would give her life for. I think if in the moment she had to put herself in danger to save someone else she would do it, but it would be an unconscious reaction.
- What are your character’s major flaws?
Fear, over thinking, trying to control stuff.
- What does your character try to care about?
Her aunts. Much as she loves her and wants to help her she has to fight feeling resentful that she’s her aunt’s caretaker while her mother runs about being a society lady.
- How does the image she tries to project differ from the one she actually projects?
She wants to come off as a thoughtful, confident person who is genuinely interested in others. Instead she comes off as an absentminded, insecure sort of person, stubborn but caring.
- What is your character afraid of?
Being completely vulnerable and having nothing whatsoever to protect her from another person.