The Six Question Character Challenge: A Glimpse into “Where The Woods Grow Wild”

The splendid writer and blogger S. M. Metzler tagged me to participate in this illustrious phenomena. The goal of the tag is to answer a series of prompts or questions from the perspective your w.i.p.’s characters. Be sure to read my tagger’s post over at Tea with Tumnus!

I’ll be introducing some characters from my work-in-editing-progress Where The Woods Grow Wild, a fantasy-adventure novel coming later this year.

The six questions/prompts to answer are as follows:

  1. A contradiction within the character (the good kind that indicates depth)
  2. The character’s Myers-Briggs type
  3. Favorite color
  4. How would they slay a dragon? (Hypothetically, since not all stories have dragons)
  5. What is their darkest secret?
  6. Where do they see themselves in ten years?

It seems past participants have included photo references for their characters. I will not be doing so, simply because I prefer to keep those to myself. I’m just selfish like that. Also, if the answer to a question includes a spoiler, I’ll skip it for obvious reasons. I don’t know if that’ll be the case or not.

Enough about me. Let’s talk about these wonderful people who are my characters.

Note: There are a bunch of super-fun characters I could have chosen from, but I decided to stick to three for brevity’s sake. You’ll have to meet the rest some other time. 

Character 1: Elodie Tuck (co-protagonist)

The contradiction: Elodie is fun-loving and mischievous. She’s not afraid to risk a bit of trouble for the sake of a good laugh. At the same time, she’ll often be the first to take level-headed action when things get serious.

Myers-Briggs type: ENTP

Favorite color: Yellow, without a doubt.

How would she slay a dragon? Elodie isn’t the best with weapons, so she’d probably hit it with a big stick while it slept. It’s a small dragon, okay?

What is her darkest secret? She’s afraid of the dark. Fairly trivial, but she’ll never admit it all the same.

Where does she see herself in ten years? Probably hiding in the apple orchard to skip work.

Character 2: Martin Colter (co-protagonist)

The contradiction: Martin trusts his own abilities and willpower to overcome any obstacle, but the fact that he’s missing a hand sometimes renders him frustratingly useless, and he easily gets discouraged when that happens.

Myers-Briggs type: ESTJ

Favorite color: Blue

How would he slay a dragon? Well, Martin only has one hand, and he’s never used a melee weapon in his life (unless a dull wood-chopping axe counts), so if he ever encounters a dragon…let’s hope he’s smart enough to run.

What is his darkest secret? He can’t stand to see others get hurt because of him, especially when it’s because of his handicap, because the perceived guilt is hard to shake off.

Where does he see himself in ten years? Married to Elodie, of course We’ll take things one step at a time.

Character 3: Podgin

The contradiction: Podgin prefers a life of solitary food-hoarding over interacting with other people, yet deep down he hides a particular fondness for a few of the other characters.

Myers-Briggs type: ISFP

Favorite color: mushroomy brown.

How would he slay a dragon? He wouldn’t, because in the event of a dragon appearance he’d be hiding in his oven.

What is his darkest secret? He knows far more about some of the other characters than anyone suspects. Certain people confide a great deal in him and trust him to keep his mouth shut, which he loyally does.

Where does he see himself in ten years? Comfortably in his hole-in-the-ground home with no one but his beard and a dish of truffles for company.

There you have it! The Six Question Character Challenge. I must say, that was loads of fun, and it helped me get a fresh look at my characters.

I would tag specific people, but I’m not sure who has or hasn’t been tagged already, and I feel like I always end up tagging the same bloggers. So here’s what I’ll do: if this blog tag looks fun to you, consider yourself tagged by me. Fair enough?

I look forward to sharing more information about the characters, plot, and story world of Where The Woods Grow Wild. In the meantime, there’s still work to be done!


11 thoughts on “The Six Question Character Challenge: A Glimpse into “Where The Woods Grow Wild”

  1. This is great! I’ve already taken a liking to Podgin (I wonder why, it couldn’t be that we share the MBTI type). Really enjoyed reading about your characters. Thanks for participating in the tag!


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