This month I’m talking about Lyle, the protagonist of my science fiction work in progress. I’m currently over 60,000 words into my first draft of this project and am loving it.
What are they addicted to/can’t live without?
Lyle is addicted to watching documentaries for hours on end. He could, however, live without them, and does so for much of my manuscript. I suppose the one thing Lyle can’t live without are his values and perhaps his family.
Name 3 positive and 3 negative qualities about your character.
positive: caring, determined, devoted
negative: opinionated, stubborn, inexperienced
Are they holding onto something they should get rid of?
Yes, towards the middle of my manuscript Lyle is holding on to longing for a life he can no longer lead.
If 10 is completely organized and 1 is completely messy, where do they fall on the scale?
Lyle’s an eight. He is organized when he can be, but there are times throughout the story where organization is physically impossible.
What most frustrates them about the world they live in?
Inequality and injustice, Lyle hates it.
How would they dress for a night out? How would they dress for a night in?
That depends on the formality of the occasion. Lyle likes formality, but has limited clothing options.
As for a night in, Lyle’s fine motor skills are terrible. He’d want something without buttons and as few zippers as possible. Needing to ask for help from others not only embarrasses him, but would take a lot of other people’s time.
How many shoes do they own, and what kind?
Not many. Probably only one or two pairs. The kind that can be slipped into without laces because Lyle wouldn’t be able to tie them.
Do they have any pets? What pet do they WISH they had?
Yes, but I can’t say much because these “pets” are a huge part of the plot.
The answer to the second question also revolves around a major plot point, so I’m going to be as vague as possible and say Lyle wants pet pigs.
Is there something or someone that they resent? Why and what happened?
Yes, Lyle resents his parents and a pair of farmers. This is a major plot point, so I can’t say.
What’s usually in their fridge or pantry?
Lyle is a minor and doesn’t have much control over the household food choices. That said, Lyle’s mother seems like the sort who would keep a bunch of diet foods around.
Are you working on any writing projects? How’s it going? Would you want to be friends with Lyle?
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