I decided to do an update on my Fairy Frogs book. Part of my time was spent figuring out what these characters looked like.
Here is what I have so far- don’t know if it is what I want or not:
Basic Description: Spring Green with translucent wings
I am thinking for all the Fairy Frogs characters, with a gold trim on the edge of the wings, maybe have it mixed with another color.
Aries- so far all he has is this red construction hat with the white A. I am thinking have his gold trim mixed with red.
Darcy- his gold trim will be mixed with navy blue
Felipe- his gold trim is mixed with orange
Now for the the females:
Sparkle: She will always have her gold and silver backpack with her pink S, but will not help tell her apart from the other females. The backpack will hold drawing supplies. I am thinking of the gold trim mixed with magenta.
Misty- I am thinking of the gold trim mixed with light blue
Celeste- Her gold trim will be mixed with pink
Tweetsie- She is my youngest Fairy Frog in my book. I am thinking of having her be the smallest. I am thinking of having her gold trim mixed with a light purple. She will be wearing a pink bow. I need to somehow make her look like she is the youngest character.
With only Aries and Tweetsie are wearing something, why can’t the other wear something? I just can’t figure out what they can wear yet.
Basic Description: gray green, some have warts and some not at all, and some have bumps. Only males have the warts.
Sarge- Known to be the ugliest, has scars as results of his father (don’t know where yet), a few warts on legs and others on on the back, some of the scars are easier to notice than others.
Marge- have not quite figured her out yet. Only know she has bumps.
Effa/Rudy- they are identical twins so it can be hard to tell apart. All the toads get them confused. Effa has a small bump near her right eye while Rudy has the same one near her left- the other markings are exactly the same. Sometimes Effa is called Rudy and sometimes Rudy is called Effa.
Norg- he has a wart on his right foot and in the same place on his left foot it is a bump instead. A bit more plump than Sarge
Claude- his warts are the smallest of the toads that it is hard to notice
STILL TRYING TO FIGURE ALL OF THESE OUT
Even though my dad is still commenting on my current draft, he still told me things that still need work- as in big picture ideas. These are things that I fixed.
For starters- I originally introduced like six characters in the first chapters- I changed it to only Sparkle, Misty, Aries. He told me it was hard to tell who the main character was when there was six characters. I wanted to make it obvious who the main character was in my first chapter. Of course- Sparkle was going to stay in the first chapter- she is my main character. Then Misty would stay- she is Sparkle’s best friend. Aries would stay as well- it makes a lot of sense since he is the leader of the Fairy Frogs.
2. SPOILER- This is a spoiler in my book. You do know, Sarge is the antagonist in my book. I thought there was a less than 5% chance (more like 1%) he could redeem himself. I was surprised that he does redeem himself- my dad wanted me to make that moment stronger. I did not really have much of an “aha” moment. I was MORE surprised that my main character was a huge reason behind Sarge’s redemption. One of the things Sarge did was capture all of the other toads in my book- when they were rescued- Sparkle heard Sarge yell to Norg, “DON’T MENTION MY FATHER AGAIN”- that made Sparkle realize something must have happened in his past. Sparkle was a huge reason behind my antagonist’s redemption- I thought protagonists don’t help redeem your antagonist.
3. Now I am working on another change- this does connect back to #2. Sparkle does talk to Aries about talking to Sarge again- she said I believe Sarge did not have a good past. Now I will change it so Sparkle does the talking- I want her to sound more like the hero in my book- she is the main character after all. We have a 12 year old helping a 17 year old. Sparkle needs to reflect- just like Sarge, she has made a LOT of mistakes despite growing up in a loving family. I am working on making Sarge’s redemption stronger. It is interesting what your characters do- sometimes you don’t think your characters can’t do something, but they can surprise you sometimes.