#30: Character Development: JAUNTY [the go-to-guy]

Meet JAUNTY—the three-hundred years, eight months and fifty-seven days old, wise Sea Turtle who resides in Awesome (The World of Jane Not Plain, Jane & Jake’s Adventures to Awesome).

JNP_+JAUNTY-1Solving problems is one of the quickest ways to gain influence.  When you solve problems for people, or resolve a difficult situation another person is facing, you gain trust, confidence and loyalty.  You become a “go-to person”—that’s who Jaunty is to Oracle (Jane’s talking pet goldfish, who takes Jane and Jake on adventures to discover their inner awesome).

Sea turtles are beautiful creatures; and kids adore them—that was apparent when we went out for our first phase marketing research testing with the JNP plush sea creature: Jaunty. The kids loved him, and boys were especially drawn to him.

As we created him as Oracle’s “go-to-adult.” Jaunty would give the series of adventures a substantial “base” to our plot–Oracle going to Jaunty for advice; and a strong sense of security for guidance and protection. Oracle then takes his knowledge and guides  Jane & Jake to finding their inner awesome. A great structure of characters for children to relate to, and learn from.

IMG_6544-jauntyJaunty was so fun to create; being over three hundred years old, he would need not just glasses, but spectacles which gave a visual aid to his great wisdom. His outer shell would be mossy and his fins over-sized, and a happy, quirky, all-knowledgeable smile.



























I can’t wait for you to read the stories and get to know Jake & Jane and all their friends! Enjoy your adventure!!

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Note: This Blog is a chronological diary of a start-up-company—The JNP Project’s Journey—reading it from the start, will broaden your understanding of the path we are on, together, and hopefully, positively influence you in some way!

FYI Tip: – How to build a go-to-character:
– Take the time to really develop the ‘who’ and ‘why’ of your characters; give them the quality that will supersede your competition’s character(s) counterparts.

The interesting background on who these best-friends are…

JNP_iBOOK_STORING-ENDING-GROUPWhy Jane and Jake? We spent a great deal of time choosing the names of our main characters. It was important to us that they were similar names, with the same number of syllables and the same sound.  The characters,  male and female,  are equals and have an easy relationship  as a ‘team’  of friends, each with his or her own foibles, but learning together about inner awesome! Their simple names don’t convey any particular socioeconomic class, culture, country or ethnicity. Children everywhere can identify with them. We hope your child identifies with Jane and/or Jake.

Oracle’s name comes from the Oracle of Delphi, the wise messenger of Greek mythology. He is the “adult” in the stories, observing, commenting and yet remaining slightly aloof. He knows what Jane and Jake are thinking, but rather than informing and explaining  our Oracle encourages and guides Jane and Jake as they discover for themselves how to manage their emotions and behavior. The undersea world of Awesome is a device which  allows Jane and Jake to confront issues such as truth and kindness, learn about them and conquer their own anxieties and  fears in order to win pearls of power and gain self-confidence.

The undersea journey in Awesome is a metaphor for Jane and Jake’s personal journey, and your child experiences this journey of self-discovery with them. Certain issues may resonate with your child and his or her personal journey may be different, in which case you will be able to use the story to prompt a personal discussion or discovery with your child. The reading experience becomes interactive between child, story and adult.


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