A Character’s Path (plot building and protagonist creation)

Here it goes:

Character’s name: Paige (Last name unknown)

Appearance: Paige has long chestnut brown hair that she usually wears up in a messy bun. A well kept appearance isn’t something that ranks in this world. Her eyes are a pale blue and her pale skin is scattered with freckles. I would say that Paige is roughly 5 foot six inches. Food is hard to find and she travels great distances on foot so I’d say Paige is underweight but athletic due to her lifestyle.

Time period: Need to think on that more but the story definitely takes place  in a post apocalyptic future in the northwest of the U.S.

Does Paige have a special ability?

Yes.

Superpowers?

No.

Weapon proficiency?

Yes.

What weapon?

Machete?

Maybe.

Pistol?

Maybe.

Need to think further on this. Kick it around. Come back to it after more personality findings.

What is Paige’s goal?

To find someone.

Who?

Child?

No…maybe

Sister?

No.

Dad?

No.

Hmmm. Who is Paige looking for?

A friend. Her best friend. The closest thing she has to a family. Keira. (working name, come back to her later)

What happened to Keira?

Someone took her form their camp.

Who?

Cannibals?

Don’t know if I want to get into all that.

Is there some sort of slave trade going on in this future?

Maybe.

Lets get into some about this world Paige is living in. Why is the world in ruins?

The sun is slowly dying. The government fell a long time ago. Some neighborhoods formed private militias,  many fell. War’s ensued, gangs and other criminal organizations grew more powerful. Riots, destroyed cities, and most are out for their survival. Everywhere is permanent winter.

Back to the weapon.

Definitely a machete. Relying on a weapon in need of ammunition is an unstable source of protection plus it’s incredibly cold outside.

Food is scarce.

Paige has a companion from the beginning.

Another person?

Not at first but she meets someone on the way to find Kiera. (go back to that)

No Paige has another companion from the beginning or at least early on.

A dog.

A large mix breed male. Come back to dog’s name.

Kiera crossed the wrong people. She stole goods or borrowed them? Think about it.

Paige has no idea what they are gonna to do her.

Keira being taken is the first plot point.

Act one will be brief but detailed about what the world is like and also a good idea why it’s that way.

Have the readers spend time with Kiera and Paige before taking Keira away.

Paige gets the dog after Kiera is taken.

Hold old is Paige?

Seventeen? Maybe but I’ll go with that for right now.

Paige saves someone from being killed, a guy, Trevor. He was being beaten with blunt objects outnumber by six. Sarcastic and cocky. Paige doesn’t want company on her journey but Trevor comes along anyway. I can have fun with back and forth with that dynamic.

Need to really think about the different elements of people and the weather condition. Everything is dying, shelter is a must, and people are panicked.

I’m thinking their might be some really dark element in the group that took Kiera but still not sure I want it to be cannibalism. Think about what benefit they would get from Kiera. They are traders. They steal people and trade them for food, weapons, and other supplies. More details for who they are trading people too—some real scary scumbags.

Within the first couple chapters the readers know Keira stole from the traders and Paige flips. They were starving. Kiera felt she had no choice.

Well, that is an example of some of the very early stages in my process. I’ll  do this until I feel like I have enough to start an outline. More details will come out when I start drawing up scenes. Crazy stuff appears from the corners on that stage.

Anyway, that was fun. I’m gonna sign off and catch up on Agents of Shield. I have twenty more minutes of the episode left and I need to watch it so I’m no longer afraid to accidentally bump into how all that awesomeness was resolved.

Until next time.

Cheers.

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