Cait at Paper Fury came up with this awesome meme called Beautiful People. It’s designed to help you get to know your characters – their quirks, their personality, their flaws, and who they are.
A couple of months ago I wrote a contemporary romance novel featuring the main characters Georgina and Atkins. I enjoyed writing their stories so much. But of course novels aren’t complete without the minor characters, right? That was where Mariz and Zang came in. The four of them worked in the same web design/development agency (along with other characters) and Georgie and Mariz are besties (they’re the only girls in their team). I want Mariz to be Georgie’s helping hand in figuring out her messy life. Then I wrote Zang because I wanted a “class clown” for their team.
So while writing Georgie and Atkins’s story, well, I was really focused on their story. But then there was this one particular scene I wrote where it made me pause and think, “There’s a spark between Mariz and Zang. They just click!” And just like that, I couldn’t get the notion of writing Mariz and Zang’s story out of my head.
I already have their back story in my head but I haven’t written it down. And now I, along with you, will try to get to know these characters through these questions below.
Shall we get started?
- How long have they known each other, and how close are they?
They’re actually college friends! They’ve known each other for close to six years. They’re very close and they live in the same apartment complex in Manhattan. Mariz and Zang can binge-watch Netflix in Zang’s room without feeling weird about it. They have keys to each other’s room in case one of them needs an emergency Heimlich’s maneuver or something. A lot of people think they’re a couple and over the years they got used to this remark but they always explain that they’re just friends? Or are they? Well, there wouldn’t be a story if one of them didn’t start falling for the other.
- What’s their earliest memory of being best friends?
I’m still working on this but it will definitely involve one of Zang’s drawings, or his loud mouth, or both? Did I mention he’s an artist?
- Do they fight? How long do they typically fight for?
Female friendships tend to be very pressuring and sometimes you feel like you’re walking on eggshells. But male friendships tend to be easy and relaxed. Mariz and Zang’s friendships is like the latter. Mariz knows just how “devastatingly handsome” — her words, not mine— Zang is and so she keeps him at arm’s length. They have never had a major fight. They both hate the drama. They just enjoy each other’s company.
- Are their personalities similar or do they complement each other?
Mariz is a little uptight but she’s very motivated and focused on her career. She loves what she does for a living. Zang, on the other hand, is loud, a little obnoxious and such a smart mouth (I hope I do him justice when I start writing the first draft). But he’s also sensitive and attentive, as artists usually are.
- Who is the leader of their friendship (if anyone)?
They just love each other’s company. There’s no leader in their friendship.
- Do they have any secrets from each other?
Yes. One of them falls for the other and they can’t just blurt it out. I’m not gonna spill the deets yet, though.
- How well do they know each other’s quirks and habits?
They pretty much see each other’s faces from sunrise to sundown. They’re neighbors and they work in the same place. Of course they know a lot about each other. Mariz and Zang even have their own inside jokes.
- What kind of things do they like to do together?
Geeking about a well-coded software or designing apps for fun, I guess?
- Describe each character’s fashion style (use pictures if you’d like!) How are their styles different/similar?
Mariz has a dark brown bob and full bangs. In Georgie and Atkin’s story she had a pixie cut and there is a reason why she cut her hair so short. But she grew it out and now she’s maintaining her short bob. She’s not afraid to experiment with makeup and she likes to dress up when going to work. Her usual attire at work is a combination of business and casual look. She loves skirts and pants a lot. And oh, high heels too, because she’s short.
My character inspiration for Mariz is Taylor Lashae.
When I wrote Zang, I knew he’s going to look like Dylan O’brien from The Internship. Sort of nerdy but sexy as hell. 😉 While Mariz’s style is business+casual, Zang’s outfit are very laid back. His wardrobe is dominated by beanies, hoodies and Chucks.
- How would their lives be different without each other?
I can’t even begin to imagine what their lives would be without each other. But even if they didn’t meet in college and became friends through the years, I still believe that they would find a way to each other.