So far I've only written a couple of 20-ish page stints. For valid reason too. One was emo, and the other was intensely corny. (Isn't corny just the corniest wor? If it had a face I'd punch it) Anyways. I don't want to get too much into inspirations and aspirations in order to explain where I stand. All I want to explain is that I have, groundwork lets say- for a character. No name, just groundwork. I need help thinking a few things through, and a few opinions on questions that I"m afraid if I asked people in real life they'd call me things. Is there a perfect person? (If you're going to say, an imperfection can make you perfect...explan!!) I have a character who rationalizes, tries his logic on EVERYTHING. Lets be constructive all the time. So naturally he is immensely political. I read online that you should write "My main character wants ____." But the truth is, when I think abotu that, I get more intrigued by the question of why do people want different things? Why does someone want something trivial, while another wants the world? Mr. Super conscious political hates emotional reasoning. Its his irony that his thoughts, his super-logic has a word-in an emotion- its called compassion. He fears emotional reasoning because it is subsersive to his cause, what ever it may be. it is not just not contructive, it can be destructive. Especially the simple ones. ( I know the things I'm saying can be good philosophy debates but bare (bear?) with me) He obviously assesses himself before saying, "I have no emotions" and he isn't trying to depress himself, no disorders and mood swings. He isn't sad. Just obsessed with his thoughts on politics. More than anything though, this leaves him pretty bland. Mr. Save the World cannot party when there are wars going on. So help me people. How the hell do I develop this guy? I liken him to me in some ways. It is good to have high intrapersonal intelligence, and I want my main character to show his. Plus he needs a cool name. EDIT: Something to add. To me, writing a book about someone concerned with the same things as my character isn't enough. It seems like he'd need to achieve results. For example, I compare Holden Caulfield to the Little Prince. Caulfield is an ass sometimes, but when he is with his sister, he has his compassion. But he doesn't do anything. He spends a night in New York. The Little prince, was like an active learners journey on the other hand, the plot in itself was active I guess. I don't know...I don't think I've explained this well enough. What I am saying is that yeah I could right about a cheerleader and her struggle for popularity, I understand the psyche. I could write about a rogue Indian elephant who went crazy after his human companion and caretaker was killed in an ivory export conspiracy. I could write about childhood friends who grew apart. But for some reason. Whether I am right or wrong. The word I wish to say is trivial, trivial, trivial, trivial. These things don't matter, because the world is in danger! It needs saving. Its weird. Blah. Help me.