The Characters We Meet

wpid-writing-101-june-2014-class-badge-2-1.png.pngCreating good characters is difficult for a lot of people, so it’s not surprising that one of the Writing 101 assignments should be about character building. It starts by asking you to write about the most interesting person you’ve met this year, and then turn that description into a more in-depth study of their character.

I haven’t met a great number of new people this year, but I thought of one guy right away. I just hope he never sees this post because he’ll never let me live it down. For this assignment, my acquaintance shall remain unnamed.

Who’s the most interesting person (or people) you’ve met this year? Today’s twist: Turn your post into a character study.


He’s an instrument technician by trade, and though he doesn’t seem like it at first meeting, he’s actually a very diligent and knowledgeable employee.

He’s in his 30’s, but he acts a bit like a young college student. He’s loud and boisterous, and he likes to tease and torment, but not in a mean way. With this guy it’s all about having fun and keeping everyone laughing.

He’s a bit bigger than average, but not overly large. The brownish tint to his skin and the shape of his dark eyes reveals his partial native heritage, and the way he keeps his black hair buzzed short tells you that he’s accustomed to working in a lot of heat. Up both his arms are elaborate, very well-crafted tattoos. He put great care into finding the right designs and the right artist, and it shows. Asian in design, the tattoos reveal a hint of classic, creative personality.

He has a million stories about crazy things he’s done and doesn’t filter himself at all amongst friends and coworkers, but he also has a young daughter he loves more than anything, and he takes parenting very seriously. As a pair, father and daughter are huge nerds who love attending conventions and meeting celebrities.

All in all, a good guy who works hard, loves his daughter, and tries to have as much fun as possible in between.

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