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Males of the flist, help!

I finally talked the parents into having pi-friendly food on Pi Day. Huge success.

I'm now at 10 hours and 15 minutes of editing. At this point I'm trying to figure out what my characters are like and what's going on in the middle of the story. My main character is a seventeen-year-old boy and a senior in high school. I have never been a seventeen-year-old boy. I have a brother who was seventeen at some point, but I wasn't around him much at that point of his life thanks to being off at college. So I ask you, dear males of my friends list (and I think I know a general answer for a few of you): What were you like when you were seventeen? What were your interests, your dreams? What drove you absolutely insane? What made you happier than anything? What did you do with your friends?

Please. Give me insight into a teenage boy's mind. I realize that I have access to one in the next room, and I'll probably tap that resource at some point, but obviously not all teenage boys are made the same (and my character has friends, you know). Yes, you can ping me privately if you'd like. All the info you need is in the profile, and most of it is obvious.

Also, I feel like going on an icon uploading spree. Hmm.

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ladysilmarien
Mar. 11th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
Ugh my main character is a 17 year old boy too (surrounded by 4 girls, so that makes it a bit easier). I have to have my brother go over everything I write to make sure what I'm writing "Isn't too gay" (his words, not mine).

The most important thing Daniel and his friends told me about writing teenage boys is to not think too hard and give them deep reasons for doing things... because they're just not like that. If you need help, I can have my brother look over things for you.
sushimustwrite
Mar. 11th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
Hee, not too gay.

I've talked to several guys about their lives at seventeen and probably scarred them for life in the process. My brother was also seventeen not so long ago while I was at Agnes, so I asked him some questions. This gives my perspective a definitely geeky bent, though.
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