On character development (part V)

The Twirl and Swirl of Letters

The Character’s Emotions and Personality

1. Is your character an introvert or an extrovert?

He is very much an introvert. He doesn’t enjoy party situations and has a difficult time meeting new people. He’s talkative enough, but it is very difficult for others to get to know him.
2. Do they get along well with people? Do they have charm or charisma? Are people naturally attracted to them?

He gets along well with those he knows. He’s a bit charming, but it takes time to find it.
3. Do they have many friends? Any close friends?

He doesn’t have a lot of friends, but the ones that he does have are very close. His best friend is actually his cousin/penpal, who he’s never actually met.
4. Would you describe your character as hot-blooded or cool headed?

He’s cool headed.
5. Do they have a narrow or wide range of emotions? Do they show, or are the emotions concealed? Why?

He’s a very emotional person, but does his best to conceal how he really feels. He doesn’t like the idea of people knowing how to get the upper hand when dealing with him.
6. Do they indulge in emotional peaks, outbursts, or valleys? Often?

He tries to limit the amount of emotional outbursts that he has. Exposing his emotions makes him feel weak.
7. Would you describe them as sensitive or callused?

8. Is your character suspicious, cautions, trusting, or oblivious about people or situations?

He’s cautious and would rather observe a situation than jump into it.
9. Are they an aggressive or reactive person? Act or react?

He’s a reactive person, and waits for things to happen to him rather than seeking out new and exciting things.
10. Do they typically take positive or negative action?

Positive. He likes to be happy.
11. In a dangerous or emergency situation, would they go toward the situation or run away?

He’d hover at the edges, able to help if need be, and just as easily run away.
12. Is the character basically nervous or calm?

He’s primarily calm.
13. Does the character have a sense of humor? Do they appreciate jokes? Can he see humor in any situation? Can they laugh at themselves?

He has an off beat sense of humor based on observation. He likes a good joke, but not the typical teenage sex jokes. He finds Judd Apatow boring. He can laugh at himself.

14. Do others find them amusing? Are they a practical joker? What do they think about tricks or jokes played on other people?

Others find him amusing enough. He’s not a practical joker, but loves when other people (not himself) get pranked.
15. Is their humor ever cruel?

Sometimes it borders on cruel, but it never involves the physical or emotional harm of others. Sometimes his humor falls in the black comedy variety, like the work of Martin McDonagh.
16. Are there any conditions that would cause them to be harmful, mean, or cruel to another person?<br />
17. Are they a loving person? Are they capable of relating to one specific person in a romantic way?

He’s a very loving person, but someone has to earn his trust in order to gain his affection. He’s capable of being in a romantic relationship.
18. Is the character loved by any other person, in what way?

He’s loved by his parents in a nurturing way.
19. Is the character romantically in love now? With whom? Is this a happy, rewarding or frustrating situation for them?

He’s not romantically in love, but has a strong attraction to his friend Linda. It’s frustrating for him, because Linda is dating someone else, and he’s too honorable to make a move.

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