On character development (part IV)

The Twirl and Swirl of Letters

The Character’s Mind
1. Would you describe the character as smart, dumb, or naïve?

He’s very intelligent.
2. Do they think quickly? Slowly? Are they quick-witted? Dull?

He thinks quickly (though never quickly enough for a good comeback), and is quick-witted.
3. What kind of education do they have?

He just completed his freshman year of college.
4. Does the character possess a knowledge or expertise in a particular field?

Not really. Jack of all trades, master of none. His passion is music.
5. Is the character impulsive or deliberate in reaching conclusions? Would you describe them as being logical, rational, or emotional?

He’s very deliberate and thinks everything over. He’s emotional with a touch of logic.
6. Do they think things out before they speak or blurt out the first thought?

He tries to think before he speaks, but sometimes feels like his foot perpetually resides in his mouth.
7. Are they contemplative at times? What occupies their mind when alone?

He is often contemplative, and finds himself thinking about philosophy when he’s alone.
8. Would they be considered an idealist? A pragmatist? A dreamer? An idea person? An action person?

An idealistic, dreaming idea guy.
9. Are they motivated chiefly by abstract ideals or practical rewards?

Ideals and dreams, mostly.
10. Can your character tell a joke?

Not very well. He makes jokes on obscure subjects, and finds that he has to explain them.

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