Character Study: NaNoWriMo Prep Pt. 2

Since we got into some of the cast of Grove‘s tastes yesterday, I thought we’d keep it superficial today. So while I wait for my magical Halloween creations of yarn, glue, and sequins to dry I’m going to tell you a little more about the Sisters Kavanaugh and their buddy Silas.

Autumn KavanaughAutumn Kavanaugh

  1. How does this character dress? How would they choose to dress, if all options were open to them? For Autumn, form follows function. If she’s going to work it’s a sturdy pair of flattering jeans, a clean colored t-shirt that will keep her covered when she bends or reaches, and comfortable shoes. If she’s going out or on a date, she will dress to catch the eye of the guy she hopes is looking (specifically, not all guys). She favors close tops that flatter her curves paired with skirt (either mini, or knee-length and twirly). She is aware of the shapes and colors that suit her, and chooses her clothes along those lines but she isn’t worried about looking like a fashion plate.
  2. Do they have any tattoos? What do they mean? No. She hates tattoos.
  3. Do they have piercings? How many? Is this culturally appropriate for them? Three ear piercings in each lobe. She usually wears something dangly in the first hole, with coordinating studs in the other two. Unless she’s at work, in which case it’s studs in shapes like stars or music notes.
  4. Do they have scars? Where did they come from? One on her shoulder blade from being pushed into the corner of a desk as a child.
  5. Do they alter their appearance in some way on a regular basis? Paints her fingernails frequently with different colors and patterns. Doesn’t use hair dye or mess with her hair much at all, since it’s so prone to frizz and tangles.
  6. Is there something they’d choose to change about their appearance if they had the opportunity to? She’s come to terms with her appearance, though she wouldn’t mind being a little thinner, like Emily. She also wouldn’t mind a few adjustments to her face, like a sleeker nose and larger eyes. 
  7. Is there something about their appearance they’re particularly proud of/happy with? Boobs, butt, and legs (though she’d never say it out loud).
  8. Objectively, are they physically attractive? Fairly plain? Unattractive? Autumn is attainably attractive. Good looking enough that guys are happy to introduce her to their friends, but not so good looking that every guy either hits on her or gets intimidated. Her most attractive features are her figure and her personality, her face is merely fine, and she is aware of this.
  9. Do they have an accurate mental picture and opinion of their physical appearance? For the most part. She probably underestimates how many guys find her attractive, because she is aware of that media-driven “beauty mag bone-thin” standard of beauty and knows that she doesn’t measure up to it.
  10. How much time do they spend thinking about their physical appearance? Not a lot. She thinks about it when it is relevant (e.g. is this outfit appropriate for work, do I look like a sexy lady or a deranged cow for my date tonight, etc.)

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Emily KavanaughEmily Kavanaugh

  1. How does this character dress? How would they choose to dress, if all options were open to them? She dresses in pastels and whites, favoring solid colors to busy patterns. Her wardrobe is perhaps best described as “Utilitarian Girly”: utilitarian because her father buys her clothes, and girly in color choice where she has some say. Skinny jeans and soft sweaters with ballet flats in colder weather, sundresses and sandals in warmer weather. Nothing too revealing, and her clothes are always immaculately clean and unwrinkled.
  2. Do they have any tattoos? What do they mean? Definitely not. Emily doesn’t see herself as “that kind of girl”.
  3. Do they have piercings? How many? Is this culturally appropriate for them? Just a single piercing in each ear for the gemstone studs she receives every birthday. She has amethyst, topaz, peridot, aquamarine, and pearls.
  4. Do they have scars? Where did they come from? No. Her skin is flawless.
  5. Do they alter their appearance in some way on a regular basis? She does her hair every day, but generally in the same style. She wants blonde highlights but her father says no on the grounds that they will make her look slutty.
  6. Is there something they’d choose to change about their appearance if they had the opportunity to? She would be taller, like Autumn.
  7. Is there something about their appearance they’re particularly proud of/happy with? She’s pretty happy with her everything.
  8. Objectively, are they physically attractive? Fairly plain? Unattractive? Emily is quite pretty, possibly beautiful in the right light or with the right makeup. Her figure is well-proportioned and she has a lovely, delicate face.
  9. Do they have an accurate mental picture and opinion of their physical appearance? Emily overestimates her attractiveness a hair, because she’s not aware that her challenging personality detracts from her natural beauty,
  10. How much time do they spend thinking about their physical appearance? A lot. Emily spends most of her day thinking about how she appears to others.

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Silas

  1. How does this character dress? How would they choose to dress, if all options were open to them? Super casual. Baggy, faded cargo shorts and d
    Silas

    ark brown skater sneakers with ankle socks (or no socks). His t-shirts are non-descript: plain colors and generally faded. Occasionally wears a beanie when it’s cold, but never a jacket.

  2. Do they have any tattoos? What do they mean? No.
  3. Do they have piercings? How many? Is this culturally appropriate for them? No.
  4. Do they have scars? Where did they come from? He has a scar just under his left knee from a soccer accident, and three intentionally-inflicted scars over his heart.
  5. Do they alter their appearance in some way on a regular basis? No. Silas is essentially unchanging.
  6. Is there something they’d choose to change about their appearance if they had the opportunity to? No.
  7. Is there something about their appearance they’re particularly proud of/happy with? He’s pretty evenly content with his overall appearance.
  8. Objectively, are they physically attractive? Fairly plain? Unattractive? Silas is unconventionally attractive. He has a fairly large nose, unruly hair in a dull color, and fair skin prone to freckling. His attractive qualities are his blue eyes, the athletic grace of his movements, and his lean build (for those who find such a build appealing). He has a great deal of charisma and can turn on the charm when he is inclined.
  9. Do they have an accurate mental picture and opinion of their physical appearance? Not really. Silas has an accurate picture of what he looks like, but he overestimates how attractive others find him at first glance.
  10. How much time do they spend thinking about their physical appearance? Not much. His appearance like his right arm: it’s there, he finds it tremendously useful, but he rarely thinks about it.
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2 responses to “Character Study: NaNoWriMo Prep Pt. 2

  1. How fun! If there were more days in the week (ones I don’t have to go to work on!) I would borrow this idea and make a blog post.
    As it is, I’ll just enjoy yours.
    I agree with all your choices and they make total sense for the characters, especially Silas.
    Three intentionally inflicted scars? Now, there’s another story I want to read about!

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