Tips In Effective CharactersNotes on creating effective charactersTips In Effective Characters6 years ago in Writing More Like This
Motivation: When considering a character, always ask yourself why? Question your characters motive for everything they do, think, or say. Delve into the psychology of your character. Dont just make them insane for no reason, or just always happy, or anything that cant have backup. Every thing has a reason, and this should be relatively obvious to your readers, unless you mean to keep it a secret; but a good, solid character has depth. One creates depth through a deep understanding of their characters past, psychology, and motives.
Stick to what you know: Its hard to have a deep understanding for your character, if they have no basis in reality. It doesnt mean you cant have superheros or fantasy elements, but their traits and personality are still realistic. Even in an alternate universe, there is a state of consistency. Lack of consistency creates an unbalance and a poor
Notes on Character DevelopmentHey, so here's somethings that I picked up about getting into a character's head, for chara development, and chara contrast w/in a cast. Everything is driven by motivation. If you ever feel like you don't know how a character should act, pick an action then ask yourself "Why does THIS character do that? How would the OTHEr character react in the same situation?" this'll help balance it out so the characters dont' wind too similar.Notes on Character Development4 years ago in Writing More Like This
1. Are the characters internally/externally motivated. Think of it from those writing classes that talked about man vs man conflict, and man vs self conflict.
Ex: A character is victim to a crime. They blame the government for not having done more to prevent it. The source of the conflict is: The government. Therefore they may be externally motivated to improve the government so that doesn't happen again.
Ex: A character witnesses a crime. The government sentences the wrong person to death. The chara feels guilty for having not done more to prove that person'
Character Bio Sheet -BLANKName:Character Bio Sheet -BLANK5 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Time of birth:
Country of Origin:
-Funds (On person):
-Funds (In bank):
Hair: (color and length)
Description of daily surroundings:
Blank Character Profile - Huge CREATIONBlank Character Profile - Huge7 years ago in Scraps More Like This
Character's Full Real Name:
Age (Lived Years):
Original or Fan Character:
Profile Creation Date:
Hair Length / Cut:
Body Hair Colour(s):
Blank Character ProfileBlank Character Profile3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
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• Main/Primary Language:
• Secondary Language(s):
OC Profile helperBASIC INFOOC Profile helper5 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
The element that your abilities harness:
WHO ARE YOU?
Where you live:
Your best means of transportation:
Knight or Damsel?:
Love or Money:
TV?(If yes, what do you watch?):
Most Prized Possessions:
Place to be:
Subject in School:
Worst way to die:
Best way to die:
One thing to change in the past?:
Day or night:
Weapon of Choice:
Goal in life:
Whats in your room?:
First thing you notice about people?:
First thing they notice about you?:
Favorite Shiny Th
OC Biography sheetBeginningsOC Biography sheet4 years ago in Profiles More Like This
What role does this character play?(Storybased):
What inspired you to create this character?:
What does this character represent to you, if anything?:
What goals do you have for this character?:
Pronunciation of their name(first, middle name(s) and last):
Meaning of their full name:
Why did their parents name them this?:
If not parents, what decided their name?:
Why did you, their creator name them this?:
Do they enjoy these/this nickname(s)?:
History behind nickname(s):
Before going on with this sheet, take a moment to briefly describe this character as a whole, a character snapshot:
Realm/Universe(Real world, an anime verse, etc.):
Share about this realm(What's considered normal/average/within sanity for this realm/verse):
How old they appear:
Any history behind their sex
Big-Ass Character Sheet (Updating)Big-Ass Character Sheet (Updating)4 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Verse: (The universe your character belongs to. Can be original or fanfiction. [Ex: Original : The name of your book, movie, game or whatever. Fanfiction: Pokemon, Star Trek, Naruto, ect.)
Date: (The date this sheet was completed.)
Full Name: (Self explanatory)
Pronunciation: (Self explanatory)
Nickname/Alias: (Does your character have a pet name, fake identity, or any other thing they like to go by? Put it here.)
Meaning: ([Ex: Emily means "admiring" and William means "protector"] If you aren't sure your character's name has a meaning look it up, I'm sure you'll find something. If it's a fantasy name you made yourself, give it a meaning.)
Origin: (How did you come up with your character's name?)
Title: (Do have a title along with their name? [Ex: Sir, Captain, Ms.])
Pet Name: (What do other people call your character? [kid, squirt, babe, ect] May be insulting, endearing, or a combination of both. May have more than one, if other characters call them different things.
ID Number: (A num
Design a country work sheetDesign a country work sheet4 years ago in Settings More Like This
For those people who needs to design their own world.
This is a form I will use from now on to help me design it faster and more complete.
original from: droemar's journal
Edited by mayshing 2010
Colors: (An example would be red, white, and blue)
Symbol: (An example would be stars and stripes.)
calender measure (time table): (Does their calender go by the moon, or sun? Or other planets?)
Races: (The races that inhabit the area, whether or not they're native.
Physical: (The ethnic description of your race: skin color, hair color, builds, dress)
Preference to fashion and beauty:
Weather patterns: (Tropical? Stormy? Cold? Earthquakes? Climate in general?)
-how the weather influence inhabitants behavior, travel
Major river and lakes?
Any construction a
High Speed STORIESHigh Speed STORIES4 years ago in Writing More Like This
When you absolutely, positively, HAVE to get the story done.
The trick to speed-writing is to Plan the story out first, more commonly known as PLOTTING.
"Diabolic" was written in 30 days -- all 15 chapters at 2500 to 3000 words per chapter, adding up to around 80k (thousand) words. A novel is 90k to 100k. I was able to do this because I already knew my main characters really well, (Vincent and Sephiroth of Final Fantasy VII,) and I knew where my story ENDED. Basically, once I knew where I wanted to go, all I had to do was figure out how to get there.
Note: If you're interested, DIABOLIC can be found at Media Miner. The 'Search' feature is your friend!
The plot outline I used only had 5 points:
1. Beginning - The Main Character gets involved with the Villain or Lover.
2. Complications - The situation worsens.
3. Emotional Turning Point - Panic Attack! Fear and/or Guilt vs. Desperation
4. Reversal - The wor
Super Character Template+++++++++++++++++++++Super Character Template3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Level of Expertise:
Dwelling Place/Current Home:
General Appearance (RSP Description, for example):
Facial appearance(Includes hair):
Skin color and appearance:
General body build/type/figure:
Armor/Clothing of choice:
Additional trinkets or items carried:
General relationships, past or present:
Involvement with any associations, guilds, or militias:
Known family members, and their relation to the character:
Non-family members of note(Includes pets):
Any enemies, villains, or rivals, and how did this come to be:
Friends & Companions:
Type and Number of Close Friends:
What Makes Your OC Tick: MemeThis here little written meme-journal entry-thing is not going to ask you what your character looks like. It is not going to ask what your character's favorite color is. It's not even going to ask what your character would do if cupcakes fell from the sky. This, my friends, is going to put you to the test--just how developed is your character. Does his/hers/its psychological build make sense and fit together? If your character isn't that developed, then I hope this helps.What Makes Your OC Tick: Meme5 years ago in Devious Fun More Like This
a) Use as many characters as you please.
b) If you're a big freak about staying in character, I'd recommend that YOU answer. Not your character/s because, let's face it, not all characters would spill their beans.
c) You don't have to tag anyone, but it's highly expected.
d) Don't worry too much about grammar--this is development. Not an English test.
Section 1: The Basics
1a. What is your character's full name?
1b. Was it their parents that named them that? If not, who?
1c.Is there a special meaning beh
Cross-Genre Character Profile1.Physical Description / Basics Human:Cross-Genre Character Profile5 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Facial details / structure:
Hair color / length / style:
Typical / current clothing:
Accessories / makeup:
Unusual features: (freckles, scars, tattoos, birthmarks ect.)
Voice and speech:
Minutia: optional (anything you want to include to give a clearer picture of what your character looks like, i.e. physical mannerisms like paces when thinking, tendency to talk with their hands ect or physical details not covered in the other sections.):
1.Physical Description / Basics ? Non-Human:
- Body material:
1.Organic living tissue. Additional info: warm or cold blooded? Color of blood?
2.Organic nonliving tissue. Additional info: source of animating power?
3.Inorganic material. Additional info: power source? -
Structure: (general body organization, i.e. biped, quadruped, serpentine, amorphous ect. - if your chara
Fishing for INSPIRATION?Fishing for INSPIRATION?4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Fishing for INSPIRATION?
Your imagination is a pond that you fish your ideas from. Like any fishing pond, what you catch depends on what you've stocked your pond with and how much you put in there. If you fish for only the occasional idea, your little ideas have time to breed creatively until they overflow the pond, leaping right out into your hand -- and onto your keyboard. If you fish a lot, you will have to restock -- Frequently.
A Dry Pond = Writer's Block
What's in YOUR Imagination?
What do you KNOW?
What do you love to Do, to Study, to Think About, to Talk About...? Make a list of all the things you know well and all the things you've done -- seriously! Mythology, history, any retail jobs you might have had -- anything you might have seen, done, or studied.
WHO do you KNOW?
Have you ever met...?
A real Criminal?
A real Hero?
A real Romantic?
OC List MemeOC List MemeOC List Meme2 years ago in Memes More Like This
1)Pick 5-10 characters
2) Don't change the questions
3) Let your OC's answer, not you (roleplay it if you wish)
4) Tag 5-10 people to do the meme (if you want)
1. First off, please introduce yourself! Name, Age, Gender and anything else you'd like to add.
2. That was interesting. Now, who in this meme do you find most attractive?
3. Now how would you rate that person, on a scale from 1-10, 1 being the worst, 10 being the best. (This is relating to question 2)
4. If you could swap genders for a day, would you? If yes, what would you do?
5. Would you tell us something that no one knows about you?
6. Okay now lets see what's on your history of your computer!
7. How about your phone now? Lets see what contacts, images and applications you have...
8. Is there a
Character bio sheet BASICFull Name:Character bio sheet BASIC3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Pronunciation of their name(first, middle/middle names and last):
Age(and how old they look):
Describe their eyes:
Describe their nose:
Describe their lips:
Ears(pointed, cat, etc.):
Body build(slim, muscular, etc.):
Body abnormalities(Cleft lip etc.):
Extra extremities(Another arm, tail, horns etc.):
Patterns/designs(on skin/fur and where they are, such as a zebra stripe pattern):
Birthmarks(and what they are/were):
Tattoos(what they are and where):
Piercings(what they are and where):
(optional)In depth personality:
Most prominent personality trait:
Best traits of their personality:
Worst traits of their personality:
Tough OC Exam MemeThis was one of the entrance exams/interviews for the Academy, the highest centre of learning in the world of Ark. Regardless of preparation, background, race or other cultural differences, it was agreed that the closely guarded entrance tests of the institution were considered 'difficult' by all attempting them.Tough OC Exam Meme3 years ago in Memes More Like This
Now we know why.
-These questions are directed towards an OC (original character) of your choosing, and HAVE to be answered by him/her/it ONLY with no outside or divine help from their creators.
-The OCs should be answering as they normally would.
-Take into account that this is considered to be a serious exam of which details are only revealed on the spot.
-No skipping questions.
-This doesn't necessarily have to relate to the Academy at alljust imagine that your OC understands that he/she/it stands the chance to win something really important by acing this exam/interview.
Character MotivationCharacter Motivation4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Everyone's heard that characters should have goals, something they want and must strive for, overcoming obstacles and antagonists in order to obtain. Because, well, a story is the record of your character's journey toward achieving a goal.
While all of this is true, I think a lot of writers lose sight of an even more important aspect of character. That is, motivation. Sure, you know what your character wants.
That's the gist of motivation. What is the psychology and reasoning behind your character's goal? If your character is driven to make money, is his motivation greed? To pay off a debt? To support his family?
Motivation is your character's emotional connection with the reader. When the reader comes to understand why your character has set out to achieve his goal, they will understand your character in human terms, relate to him, and become invested in what happens to your character throughout the story.
Without a clear motivation, your character's goals don't mean much. So wha