Guide To Designing Characters
So, youve decided to write a story and want some info on character creation. Or youre just bored and want to read something, or youre my friend and youre reading this because you are thinking Oh my gosh! Shes actually posting something! Its probably going to be crap but who cares! or something like that. And you also might be thinking Who are you, Miss Gigi, to give us character info? You havent even written anything else! Well, actually, I have, but I have this thing where I will be so happy with a chapter of a story, and the next day I will go through and be all Oh, man, who the heck wrote this? Me? This horror came out of my fingers? Well, the suicide rate is about to go up a notch, because this sucks! Yeah. I have written things, but I have a bad habit of deleting things. I am actually in the beginning process of something new Im working on, but its a secret.
So, now, on with the ac
Tips on writingInfo on Writing!Tips on writing8 years ago in Editorial More Like This
(No, I'm not writing this to sound like a pompous ass, or because I think I'm particularly great. I've just been reading and writing for ages...And I wanted to pull up a couple things, long story...Anyways, take it as you will! Flame as you will.)
1: Grammar is REALLY important in how things sound. For me, it's trying to avoid overusing ellipses, and run on sentences. Also...Very important! (see, I just pulled out a fragment and an ellipse...again!). Anyways, important: Try to make a new paragraph every time someone speaks...
2: Speaking of someone speaking...Try to avoid falling into the cycle of he said, she said. Why? Because it makes it monotonous, and easy to fall out of the loop. Think this isn't a big deal? New York Times Bestsellers do it all the time. I guess it doesn't bother some people, but its something big I notice
CHARACTER CREATING TIPS Part 2CHARACTER CREATING TIPS Part 211 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
CHARACTER CREATING TIPS
Part 2: Designing
Here we will address the actual designing process, helping you pick the best features for your original character, these are not rules, just suggestions to consider.
#1. Hair should match the characters personality and lifestyle.
Granted a person can have whatever hairstyle they like, but they also take into consideration what they do for a living, or a hobby.
If the character is an active one, like a fighter for example, they might want short hair that's easy to maintain and quick to fix. Or medium length hair that can easily be pulled back into small ponytails and buns, but don't rule out long hair, just consider what your character would like best.
If the character is a semi-active character, that relies more on others thing to do its dirty work, like machines or magic, they'll probably have longer hair that they can put up into whatever they please.
Also, if the character is royalty, or of high-rank, he/she might prefer long hair to help sh
Kai-Kai's writing tips 1Hello Duckies. Welcome one and all to Kai-Kais writing tips for beginners. Now we shall start this edition with the thing that most people seem to have the most issues with (and yet to me seem rather unimportant compared to the plot) and that is Characters. Now when I said unimportant I meant that if you have a good plot several different characters should be able to be used as the main and still provide for an interesting story. But well get into all that later on.Kai-Kai's writing tips 16 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Number One: The bane of existence, Mary-Sues and Gary-Stues.
Let me start by saying this Adding a scar does not stop your character from being a Mary-Sue. Please, stop being so superficial and thinking that a single physical defect changes a character into any less obnoxiously perfect than s/he is already.
Anyway, Lets start with the body. Double Ds do in fact exist in this world. However, that doesnt mean every character you make is going to have them. Not to say
Basics : HistoryNow that you know how your character acts and reacts, maybe even the way they think, it's time to construct their history! This section, also sometimes called the "Bio", short for "Biography", is meant to contain any important events which happened in the character's past.Basics : History5 years ago in Writing More Like This
Kara's history isn't exactly a good example of that, however, since I tried to sever all the bonds I could between her and any world other than the tutorial world, and roleplays never do take place in the tutorial world (to my knowledge; if you've already witnessed a roleplay taking place in there, please tell me; I'd like to see the log). Unfortunately, that means that this tutorial will not feature a leading example...
When writing history, you might need to review personality and fit either to the other to make everything fit together; you wouldn't want to write all of your character's history without even realizing that several bits didn't fit with the personality, right?
Remember that any of the main history cat
Tutorial :: Making a Plot Pt.2So, now you know the mechanics of a normal plot. So, what do you do with it?Tutorial :: Making a Plot Pt.25 years ago in Writing More Like This
Inspiration is the number one thing that can make or break your work of fiction. If you don't have a good idea, you're going to fail. Miserably. There is no substitute for inspiration. It's a magical thing; it cures writer's block, and it suddenly makes things much cheerier in your life.
My favorite way to gain inspiration is to think about plots when I'm laying in bed, trying to sleep. Counterproductive, I know. But, if you lead a busy life, you're more likely to be able to think of plot lines when you're not worrying about the latest homework assignment / work issue. Also, when you're thinking about it before bed, you're more likely to dream about it. Dreams work wonders for inspiration, so don't push the idea away if it seems outlandish. Make it work.
Okay, I've Got Inspiration
How To Write a Novel a MonthHow To Write a Novel a Month6 years ago in Writing More Like This
So you want to write a novel in a month? Well its not impossible. Many great authors have done it, and you can too. Its hard at some points and might make you want to give up, but don't. It will be worth it to be able to tell your friends and family "I wrote a novel."
You are all probably familiar with Nanowrimo, right? If not, its a month where thousands of people try write a book within that time limit, but national writers month is not the only month where this can happen. However, if you are using November a a date to start, here is a quick guide to get ready:
Research, Research, Research!
So you know what time period you want to write in? Then research like crazy! Research clothes, vehicles, horses, weapons, anything and everything that could or might end up in your story. This way you can write confidently/help yourself fall better into the story. Trying to research is a quick way to end up surfing the web, so get all your research done
Character Creation GuideThere are no hard, permanently set rules for creating a character, but there are things that work and things that don't.Character Creation Guide4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
By this point most people are familiar with the term 'Mary Sue' or 'Gary Stu'. They're words used to categorize a particular brand of underwhelming characters. A 'Mary Sue' is just an extreme stereotype example, just as some other terms are. Everyone who knows of them knows how to avoid making one -- or think they know. A character that isn't a 'Mary Sue' is not immediately compelling. The avoidance of the extreme does not mean the character is awesome, it just means they don't suck at the most extreme level.
For all intents and purposes a character is a person separate from their creator. Sometimes a character might be the embodiment of what a owner wants to be or how they see themselves; we call this a self-insert, and this should be avoided. Each character is going to have a different style. Each will speak, think and communicate different from
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Writing Tips: CharacterisationWriting Tips: Characterisation6 years ago in Writing More Like This
Characterisation: Avoiding the Dreaded Mary Sue
The characters you write are arguably the biggest part of your story. Theyre the vessel through which the reader is able to identify with the themes and ideas that youre trying to share. But creating brand new lives from thin air can sometimes be rather difficult. You have to find their voice, their needs, their personality; its a rather delicate balance, really.
Rather tempting, and often encouraged by teachers, is to do a Character Profile to help come up with some of the details. These are often pre-made sets of questions ranging from the mundane (eye colour, height, weight) to the fanciful (if your character caught someone looking at his girlfriend, what would he do?).
I dont like these. And heres why.
The questions are all a little too cookie-cutter. They promote stereotype characters, and you dont want that. The actual physical details about the character dont need to be mentione
Kai-Kai's writing tips 2Hello again Duckies. Welcome to Number TWO of Kai-Kais writing tips for beginners. Last time we spent a lot of time straightening out all those characters you have floating through your head. This time we will be spending most of our time on two things. Plot. And Pace. Lets start alphabetically shall we?Kai-Kai's writing tips 26 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Number Seven: Say what?
Pace. Its not just a salsa ya know. It refers to how quickly youre going through the plot and therefore the story. The biggest issue Ive seen is a pace that makes you think you just took some sort of illegal substance. Slow it down people. Its okay to make a story last a couple of months. I came up with a good analogy about pace today that I want to share with you. Pace is not like a shotgun but a sniper rifle.
Too many people use shotguns. Lots of pieces flying at the reader at the same time and causing massive problems. To use the figurative sniper rifle is to give the reader one deliberately aimed piece of the story
Kai-Kai's writing tips 3Duckies! You have returned! This is Kai-Kais writing tips for beginners part tres. In the other sections of my handy dandy tip series we went over characters and plot. Here is where were going to start getting into topics that are a little more difficult to simply make a chart and fix.Kai-Kai's writing tips 36 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Number Fourteen: But I thought?
Continuity is having the details of the story match up each time they are mentioned. Continuity tends to overlap a bit with the plot holes we went over last time.
To prove that I am most certainly not above mistakes Ill give you an example of this from my own sordid writing past. I had a character where for a single chapter she suddenly jumped upwards in age by an entire year. The next chapter she returned to being her proper age.
Now that mistake was pretty obvious and I couldnt believe I had done it when I looked back over it. And that was how I caught the error. You have to periodically look over your story so that you catch these
Beginners Guide to RoleplayingIf you type Roleplaying into your wikipedia search bar, it will give you the following result:Beginners Guide to Roleplaying7 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
In roleplaying, participants adopt and act out the role of characters, or parts, that may have personalities, motivations, and backgrounds different from their own. Roleplaying, also known as RP to some, is like being in an improvisational drama or free-form theater, in which the participants are the actors who are playing parts, and the audience.
People use the phrase "role-playing" in at least three distinct ways:
to refer to the playing of roles generally such as in a theater, or educational setting; to refer to a wide range of games including computer role-playing games, play-by-mail games and more;or to refer specifically to role-playing games.The version I'm going to be teaching you is similar to play-by-mail, which already tells you a lot. The easiest way I can describe it is as storywriting, with more than one author. Everyone picks one or more characters to roleplay, meaning your wri
Basics : PersonalityIf there's one thing which I look out for in a character sheet, it's the personality section. Of all the details you can add to a character sheet, personality is arguably the most important and the most crucial of them all. It defines exactly who your character is above their name, age, gender and species. That is who they truly are, because that is what people will see about them beyond what they look like and first impression, and the way that the character will act towards other people. "Other people" isn't just everyone in general; if a certain type of people will make your character act differently, it should be mentioned.Basics : Personality5 years ago in Writing More Like This
It's crucial that your character features a personality which you like and which you think you have a chance at imitating efficiently in a roleplay. If you don't like their personality, then chances are you won't like the character at all, and if you can't play the character's personality correctly, the other person or people you roleplay with may get disinteres
Character Description TutorialA lot of us have trouble describing things. Ive heard of some authors that describe too much, but more common are those who dont describe enough, and those are the authors that have yet to be published. Ive struggled with the issue myself, and still do on a consistent basis; I have to work at it. And some, like myself when I was younger, cant really do any describing at all, because there are too many ideas bouncing around in that skull of theirs that they cant make heads or tails of it. (If thats the case, write the ideas down first, and then go back, otherwise you may forget everything.) With this tutorial, I hope to be able to help others who struggle with describing things.Character Description Tutorial6 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
This particular tutorial will focus on describing characters. Keep in mind this tutorial is for describing ONLY THE CHARACTERS APPEARANCE. Also, be aware that this particular tutorial is also for HUMAN or HUMANOID characters. If youre writing a sci-fi, and you
Guide To RoleplayTo Be a Good RoleplayerGuide To Roleplay6 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I wrote this guide because I'm somewhat of a perfectionist. I want to do everything by the book-but sometimes, there is no book to go by. It was a day in the middle of my Winter Break when I decided that I should look for a guide to role-playing; I only found one and it didn't elaborate enough for my tastes.
By no means is this a set of strict rules or even a standard, but this is what I look for in roleplay partners and what almost all of the people that I roleplay with universally appreciate. If you don't like this, I'm not forcing you to read it.
Ia. Roleplay Terms
If you're new to roleplaying, you may not know all of the terms involved. I sure know that I didn't! These are some of the most commonly used ones.
O.O.C./Out of Character: Out of character is something that the person writing the post, not the character, is saying.
Power Playing: Excercising control outside of your respective amount, like controlling other
The Dearest Himei.The Dearest Hime4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
To my dearest hime.
How unfair life is to you.
From the divorce of your parents, to the loss of your okasama.
From leaving behind your only surviving sibling, to living with a witch.
This heartbreak you tell me about is the worst I've seen you.
The boy who says he likes you.
Nothing but a coward and a liar.
To have nothing else to say but the words no girl wants to hear from the one they like.
The words "I hate you."
To break your lovely heart.
A petty excuse for a man.
He claims to have strong feelings
He claims he wants you to know no matter what.
He asks you to be his.
You say yes.
He doesn't believe.
He will not listen to his friends
He walks away when you wish to speak.
You send him a note to return his feelings.
He takes back everything he said.
And he says the forbidden words, "I hate you."
You call me late afternoon.
You seem scared.
You end up bawling tears of regret.
I listen with full attention.
You cried for so lo
Alice Human SacrificeIn some place, was a dream. Who dreamed it, was unknown. Such a truly Tiny dream it was. The little dream thought "I don't want to vanish like this," Soon a female voice was heard screaming in the back round as the tiny dream continued to think. "How do I get people to watch me?" The little dream thought and thought, and came up with something. "I can get people to stray into me, by letting them shape their own world! Each of them shall call their land Wonderland!" The dream let out a evil chuckle and took form of a white rabbit. "Now Wonderland wouldn't be a Wonderland without; a Alice."Alice Human Sacrifice5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
The first Alice was a women of Spade
Who courageously held a sword in her hand,
The little dream, now as a rabbit, hopped through the dark forest searching for a 'Alice'. There the rabbit spotted as it's eyes glowed crimson red glaring at a girl. "Alice I have finally found you
Basics : AppearanceYour character is slowly taking shape! We know who it is now, how he or she acts, and his or her backstory. However, something's still missing in the equation. What does the character look like?Basics : Appearance5 years ago in Writing More Like This
This is the part which most people will often prefer writing, since it allows them to exert fashion sense, to give the character some flair, or to give an overall feel of what the character inspires at first glance (or all of the above). This is the time to be the most creative; your character needs to know what it looks like before stepping into action.
Although you might want to give a thousand accessories, multiple hair colours and epic clothes to your character, remember that moderation is the rule of thumb. Additionally, anything you add about your character's appearance should fit with it in some way. Though some people may be able to successfully pull off an ironic appearance for their character (I.E., a lord of evil in a tutu), I wouldn't recommend for newbie roleplayers to try it; a fl
How to JoinBefore creating your character, please read the rules:http://kitty-cancan-cafe.deviantart.com/journal/Kitty-CanCan-Cafe-RULES-295913499How to Join3 years ago in Personal More Like This
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Basics : Finding a PartnerNow that your character is ready for action, there's only one step separating you from roleplaying, and that's finding a roleplay partner. After all, roleplaying can't be done alone; you need someone to do it with.Basics : Finding a Partner5 years ago in Writing More Like This
This is a simple enough step of roleplaying; in several chatrooms, you would only need to ask: "Anyone want to RP?" and chances are you will find someone who will accept. However, in certain rooms, especially very crowded rooms such as #RPDream here on deviantArt, you will need to define what you're looking for and make a formal request, since there's tons of different roleplayers in there, and most of them know what they want and will not respond to a request that doesn't meet their tastes.
The first thing you need to define in your request is what you want to find in your roleplay, the genre; do you want it to be action, romance, adventure? There are lots of different genres; it's up to you to find out which ones you prefer. The genre will usually define what the plot will