This is the closest picture I could find to represent the main character in my book, Alexis or Lexi for short. The first thing I did was to write as comprehensive a profile as I could manage for my characters. So, here is what I came up with.
Lexi is a 25 year old Realtor from Kentucky. She is unmarried with some education. She’s been known to say “How can I help you?” Her mother’s dying request was that she gets as far from her father as possible. She wants to find a new life in a big city.
Quirks and Idiosyncrasies:
- Takes the quit her mother made with her whenever she travels
- Can ballroom dance but not club dance.
- Likes 80’s music
- childhood dream of being rescued by a handsome prince
- Been planning her wedding since she was 8
- Hates cats and big dogs. Loves little dogs.
- Likes anything Chocolate
- Takes her mother’s jewelry with her.
- Instinctively doesn’t trust Rowland
Lexi is a kind peace loving person who can see both sides of an argument. She is likely to respond to events rather than initiate them. She is blessed with a calm confidence that can carry her through any conflict unscathed. Objective and unbiased. She is more cerebral than the other subtype making her uniquely qualified to look at both sides of an argument to find common ground.
Lexi is philosophical and creative, wise and at this level highly principled. A great example for the community but isn’t looking for that. She simply wants a calm world and makes a great friend, listening without judgment finding good in just about anyone. Her flaw comes to the forefront when the world becomes a difficult tense place. She tries to maintain peace of mind by retreating inside, possibly even fooling herself into believing that everything is Okay when it obviously is not. This retraction into self can have a positive effect however making her uniquely capable of level handedness under fire.
Lexi’s character flaw is based on the incorrect belief that it’s okay to put aside personal goals and priorities in order to have comfort. She avoids conflict and discomfort. During the story she learns that her own priorities are important and that it’s worth facing conflict and being uncomfortable to achieve her goals.
When she’s under pressure, she gets bogged down in skepticism and doubt. When she’s relaxed and secure she becomes efficient and ready for action.
Lexi may suffer from Body Dimorphic Disorder. Someone with this disorder has a preoccupation with an imagined defect in his or her appearance. If a slight physical anomaly is present, the person’s concern is markedly excessive. The preoccupation causes significant distress or impairment in social, occupational and other important areas of functioning.
Lexi can be reassuring and very accepting in a relationship. Other characters feel appreciated and loved as is and feel calm around her peacefulness, but may become irritated because she just seems to float through life. She fears separation from others due to conflicts. Lexi tends to be attracted to Type 3s (The Achiever) for friends and generally avoids Type 8s (The Skeptic).
Lexi supports Chase Maslin’s (Love Interest) goals and accomplishment agenda. In turn, Chase Maslin helps to mobilize Lexi into action. This can proceed harmoniously when Chase Maslin can pay attention to Lexi’s needs and when Lexi can encourage Chase Maslin to slow down. Conflict arises when Chase Maslin sees Lexi as indecisive and unfocused. Chase Maslin pressures Lexi to make decisions. Feeling controlled, Lexi gets resistive.
Lexi supports Rowland Maslin’s (Love Interest) goals and accomplishment agenda. In turn, Rowland Maslin helps to mobilize Lexi into action. This can proceed harmoniously when Rowland Maslin can pay attention to Lexi’s needs and when Lexi can encourage Rowland Maslin to slow down. Conflict arises when Rowland Maslin sees Lexi as indecisive and unfocused. Rowland Maslin pressures Lexi to make decisions. Feeling controlled, Lexi gets resistive.
Lexi supports Amber Styles’s (Best Friend) goals and accomplishment agenda. In turn, Amber Styles helps to mobilize Lexi into action. This can proceed harmoniously when Amber Styles can pay attention to Lexi’s needs and when Lexi can encourage Amber Styles to slow down. Conflict arises when Amber Styles sees Lexi as indecisive and unfocused. Amber Styles pressures Lexi to make decisions. Feeling controlled, Lexi gets resistive.
Grant Maslin (Love interest’s Father) will typically lead the way as Lexi goes along with Grant Maslin’s agenda. Lexi promotes harmony by following Grant Maslin’s lead and sharing in Grant Maslin’s activities. But Grant Maslin’s big energy and excessive behavior can evOkaye resistance in Lexi, who may see Grant Maslin as too demanding. When feeling pressured, Lexi gets resistant and stubborn. Thus, Grant Maslin’s efforts to mobilize Lexi can be seen by Lexi as confrontational.
Rebecca Hughes (Deceased Mother) and Lexi get along because they are both sensitive and accommodating. Conflict arises when Rebecca Hughes gets intrusive in an effort to get Lexi to set priorities, take initiatives and express what Lexi needs. Lexi tries to keep things comfortable and pleasant which can frustrate Rebecca Hughes. Lexi can become stubborn and resistant in response to what feels like pressure and directives and can begin to check out of the relationship.
Jacob Hughes (Father) and Lexi’s relationship can be a comfortable, supportive one because both types can be steady and non-demanding and both types tend to want to get along and avoid conflict. However, Jacob Hughes can get impatient with Lexi’s indirectness and dependency. In turn, Jacob Hughes’s indifference and subtle superiority can frustrate Lexi. Lexi, wanting more connection and involvement, then gets stubborn, while Jacob Hughes retracts.