The Shared WIP Tag: Week Two

November 09, 2018

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome back for Round 2 of Julian’s Shared WIP Tag!

I hope NaNoWriMo is treating you all well thus far. We’re a little more than a week in, guys! It’s hard to believe it’s been about ten days already. You can do it!

But, I’m assuming you’re procrastinating from your novel right now, so I’ll cut this intro short and get into Round 2’s questions, which deals with the main characters.....

Since this book has two main characters, I’m going to answer the questions for both Faye and Rowan. It should be fun!

*pulls up character sheets for reference*

Introduce your MC a little (name, maybe a description or picture, etc,) and tell us something quirky about them.

(Both are fifteen, by the way.)

So, Faye is a Xi herbalist. She’s got rough hands from all the time spent in the gardens, and she’s fairly tanned. Her waist-length curly blond hair is usually in a bun. And - because she’s a Xi - her blue eyes glow in the dark. (Honestly, that would be really creepy.) As for something quirky . . . it’s not exactly a quirk, but a power of Xi is that they can read a person’s mind when they’re touching him or her. So she never - and I mean never - touches anyone.

Now, Rowan is the future king of Kianda. As is custom for the kings of that country, he’s tall (a solid six foot high) and has bright red hair. Since Kianda is under the threat of war, he has premature worry lines across his forehead. And one of his quirks is that he talks to himself. A lot. Even when others are around. Totally not based off myself, no sirree.

What does your MC value the most?

Faye values people accepting her for who she is, since most shun her for her Xi parentage.

Rowan values learning above all else. We have a definite Ravenclaw right here, guys.

What is your MC’s wildest dream?  What is their greatest fear?

Faye’s wildest dream is to become an acclaimed Xylem Garden herbalist and discover a new medicinal plant. Along with that goes being popular and famous, and no one caring that she’s a Xi. Her greatest fear is being hated by all, even those who don’t know her. Anyone seeing a trend?

As for Rowan . . . he wants there to be complete world peace when he becomes king. He doesn’t really want to have to deal with war in his lifetime. And he most fears that when people need him most, he will fail.

What is your MC’s favorite food?  Can they cook?

Faye is an excellent cook, actually, and although she’s an herbalist, she really likes meat. She doesn’t really care what kind it is - although cow is always beloved.

Rowan . . . *laughs*. That kid couldn’t cook even if he tried. And he’s a very picky eater, unlike Faye, so he really only likes:
- Rice
- Potatoes
- Fish

That’s really it. But, he did grow up in a palace, so some of that could be understandable.

What do you (the writer) have in common with the MC?  What do you not have in common?

Faye and I both don’t trust someone immediately, but once we do, we’re loyal for life. We also both hate prejudice. On the flip side, Faye is definitely more put-together than I am, and, you know, she can cook. Also, she’s illiterate (the Xylem Garden taught her to identify plants by appearence, so she doesn’t need to read labels).

Rowan and I both love learning and reading, are Ravenclaws, have conspiracy theories but keep it to ourselves, don’t like being leaders, and don’t like letting people down.

*glances at list*

Well. That’s interesting.

However, Rowan is more athletic than I am, and he’s also a fan of nonfiction. He likes reading history books - FOR FUN.

Something is clearly wrong with this kid. XD

What lie does your mc believe about himself/the world?

Faye believes that no one in the world could like a Xi, and that her life will always be hindered by her parentage.

Rowan believes that failure is a form of weakness, and that to fail means to let down everyone you love.

Who is their best friend and why?

Faye’s “best friend” at the beginning of the story is this one boy who lives in the same village (and I haven’t named the village or the boy yet....). She kind of has a crush on him, and they wrote letters back and forth to each other when her apprenticeship began. However, that’s kind of died out now....

Rowan’s best friend is the palace librarian. XD

What song best describes them in this book?

*frantically shuffles through Spotify* *realizes that all my songs are instrumentals* *picks randomly*

Faye’s “theme song,” if you will, would be “Trust Goes Both Ways” by Michael Giacchino.

Rowan’s would be “Loyal to the Throne” by Ludwig Goransson.

What is their personality type?

Faye is an ISFJ-T. Rowan is an ENTJ-A.

Why should your readers care about this person?

I hope that the people who read this can connect to Faye and Rowan and see their flaws and struggles mirrored. Also, they’re both well-meaning teens who are thrust into awful scenarios. *evil author laugh*


Now that I’m done sharing my answers, you guys NEED to check out the epic main characters the other participants have crafted:

Jules @ Saver of Memories
Ceci @ Ceci Creates
Lisa @ Inkwell
Gray @ Writing is Life
Julia @ Lit Aflame
Jem @ Jem Jones, Writer
Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer
Brooklyne @ Showers of Blessings
Ariel @ Scribes and Archers
Keturah @ Keturah’s Korner
Sarah @ Pen of a Ready Writer

See you guys next week for round three, in which we talk about VILLAINS! And good luck with your story endeavors!


Who is the main character in your WIP? Do you have a character that is very much like you? How’s NaNo going? Let’s talk!

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  1. AAAhh I love Faye. It's like, oh, here's this outdoorsy, plant girl, who loves growing things, and she's like MEAT GIVE ME A MEAT and I love it. Seriously, that's wonderful. I, too, like beef...

    That being said, HISTORY BOOKS are FUN

    I love the Rogue One soundtrack!!! And most of my music is instrumentals, too. *cries*

    I'm just imagining Faye finding someone who loves her, and they wrap her in a big hug, and she touches their skin, and finds their thoughts just so full of love for her and now I'm crying.

    1. XD, thanks! I honestly don’t know how those plant people live without meat......

      I’m really only interested in some parts of history - for some reason, modern history bores me. But give me something to do with Ancient Egypt, and I’m hooked for days. *shrugs*

      ACK YES instrumentals are amazing!! And the Rogue One album is just beautiful and sad...

      OHMYGOODNESS I am grinning so much thinking about that scenario, Julian!! (That may or may not happen..... #spoilers 😁)


    This whole premise looks super cool and I can't wait to hear more about it!


  3. Ahahahaha, I talk to myself too XD Your protagonists sound awesome and I love that there's two of them! My current first-draft WIP has only one protagonist, but my Pentegreen series has five... *winces*

    1. XD Yes, talking to yourself is always amazing!

      Wow, FIVE protagonists? That honestly sounds awesome!

  4. Faye and Rowan both sound awesome! I can't wait to read more about them!
    I also find it interesting that at least three of us are writing about herbalist/healer/gardener characters. That's pretty cool. :)

    1. Thank you so much, Ariel! That mean so much to me.

      That’s so cool! Maybe after NaNo we can compare characters and see how similar they are!

  5. Your characters are so wonderfully well-rounded!!

    Heehee, I talk to myself's a bad habit from childhood and I'm slowly starting to break it.

    1. *gasps* Thank you so much, Catherine! I’ve always been so worried that my characters are flat, and this made me smile so much.

      :) Yeah . . . I should probably break it too, but . . . talking also helps me concentrate. *shrugs* oh well.

  6. What?! ENTJ! That's me ;p And that's one of the rarer types, too. So it always makes me excited to see another with it. Also. I really love this book the more you share about it ;)

    1. Oh my gosh, that’s AWESOME!

      And thank you, Keturah!! <3

  7. why would you assume I'm procrastinating my novel. why. that's just hurtful.
    ...yeah, I'm procrastinating. xP

    Glow in the dark blue eyes sound so cool! and creepy! but cool! And I completely sympathise with not having named the places or side characters...
    - Jem Jones


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