Situational Dialogue ExerciseThe intent of this exercise is for the character to react to each situation in a manner unique to who they are, or at least to who you have created them to be. Some of these situations are similar, I will admit, but they should prove different enough to help understand the thoughts and actions of characters in their dialogue from their perspective.
Some things to avoid:
Yelling "You B#####d!" any time a disadvantageous situation appears.
The plain-face "Well s##t" remark gets old very, very quickly, and says almost nothing about the character.
Use of "Tch" or "Heh" to represent a tough guy should be sparing, at best. Watch Eastwood. The man hardly says anything at all.
Monologues are almost always unnatural. When was the last time you received a full lecture about how life works and how views are emotionally charged from someone who can't possibly have more of a hold on it all than you? Never. And yet, it happens in OC d
ShapeShifter OC Interview MemeShapeShifter OC Interview Meme5 years ago in Memes More Like This
Shape-shifter Character Interview Meme
Choose an OC that is a Shape-shifter. It can be a werewolf or anything that changes forms.
Fill this out as your character.
Post it in your journal OR as a deviation on dA.
Link back here and post here with a link to the filled out Meme.
Hello! It's extremely nice to meet you. What is your name and gender?
That's a great name! Now, what is your species or race?
Ah, I see. Very interesting Now, if you would please describe yourself to our readers
Oh, you sound very nice looking! Why don't you tell me a little about yourself?
Ah, good good So how do your powers work? Can you shift at will?
Good to know. How many forms do you have?
Interesting. So then how does it feel when you transform? Do you enjoy the transformation at all?
Character Questionnaire 100 Qs1. What are your names?Character Questionnaire 100 Qs4 years ago in Profiles More Like This
2. Do you know why you were named that?
3. What are you?
4. What's your gender?
5. How old are you?
6. What do you think your life expectancy is?
7. What's your height?
8. What's your eye color?
9. How about hair color?
10. Do you think you're attractive?
11. Do you have any features that you want to get rid of, if you could?
12. How would you introduce yourself? If you are famous in your world, how would you introduce yourself to someone who had never heard of you?
13. Have any abilities or powers?
14. Stop being a Mary-sue!
15. What do you usually wear?
16. Do you ever walk around naked?
17. Ever cross-dressed before?
18. What do you wear to bed?
19. What's in your pockets right now?
20. To what social class do you belong?
21. What is your job?
22. What is your lifelong dream?
23. What is your worst nightmare?
24. How honest are you about your thoughts and feelings (i.e. do you hide your true self from others, and in what way)?
25. What's one thing you like an
Using Elements for CharactersUse the four elements and think about what personality traits would be associated with each element. Assign an element to a character. You do not have to use all the personality traits associated with an element, but you should make sure you have a nice balance of good and bad traits. Good traits make the character likable, while bad traits (or character flaws) make them relatable.Using Elements for Characters5 years ago in Writing More Like This
For more unique characters, try combining elements, like water + earth = mud, and fire + water = steam. If any traits clash or cancel out each other, remove one of them. I wouldn't recommend you combine more than two elements, because the character might become unbalanced.
- easily annoyed
- anti social
Summary: Earth is a sturdy and strong element, commonly ass
Writing Tutorial: Characters"An Amateur-Editor's Note on How to Create and Present a Character That Isn't You" by DailennaWriting Tutorial: Characters4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Since my last tutorial I've been asked several times to make another about something anything and although I wanted to, I've found it hard to hit on a subject that inspires me the way that faulty dialogue did, so many years ago. My last tutorial was written out of pure irritation at stories that misused the one part of a story my eyes flick to when I can't wade through the mire of the rest of it. Yes, I admit, I have a tendency to skim-read, because although descriptions can be beautiful, a lot of the time on the internet, they're not, and you can get a basic idea of the story from what is being said. So I skim. I think that's why dialogue was such a big irritation to me it's the part I paid the most attention to. Since then I've had irritations with grammar that I didn't know exactly how to put into words, with punctuation that I didn't know how to make int
Character Exercises: ScenariosThe idea here is to take the scenario and write a scene, ministory, interview etc. It may take a little while to find a good path to take with some of these, but once you find it, I think you'll see that writing simple scenes like the ones below really helps you see new sides of your character. It also allows a certain honesty that you might not see with certain characters in action, since these exercises put you, the writer, in the scenes.Character Exercises: Scenarios3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
1. What would your character do if they were to walk into your bedroom right now? Do you have a messy room, and a neat-freak character? Would they insist you clean your room, or complain about how your room is too clean?
2. Choose the most unlikely character and have them give you relationship advice about your current situation.
3. Have your character recommend a book, movie, play or video game based on their personality (in other words if your character is the type to play video games rather than see a play, have them suggest a v
Guide to Better DialogueWriting dialogue -- realistic dialogue, anyway -- does not come easily to everyone. Done well, dialogue advances the story and fleshes out the characters while providing a break from straight exposition. However, just as realistic dialogue is one of the most powerful tools at a writer's disposal, nothing pulls the reader out of a story faster than bad dialogue. It takes time to develop a good ear, but noting these simple rules and obvious pitfalls can make a huge difference.Guide to Better Dialogue5 years ago in Writing More Like This
1. Listen to How People Talk.
Having a sense of natural speech patterns is essential to good dialogue. Start to pay attention to the expressions that people use and the music of everyday conversation. This exercise asks you to do this more formally, but generally speaking it's helpful to develop your ear by paying attention to the way people talk.
2. Not Exactly like Real Speech.
But dialogue should read like real speech. How do you accomplish that? Alfred Hitchcock said that a good story was "life, w
Quick Tips to Child DialogueThese are more like observations in no particular order or consequence (and again, don't apply to every character), but should come in handy with bringing your character to life. Best of luck!Quick Tips to Child Dialogue4 years ago in Writing More Like This
The younger the child, the more intimate the dialogue.
Consider the difference between a five-year-old child calling his mother "Mommy" and a teenager using "Ma" or "Mother".
Nicknames are important.
They also indicate a closeness between characters or an affinity for another character.
Important things are given important names.
There is a good reason that the child's favorite stuffed dinosaur is named Mr.Dino.
Young children tend to use their own terms to describe something if they don't know the proper term.
Until the child learns the proper term for a magazine, it's a "floppy picture book."
Save the bigger words and the more intelligent speech for the older child.
Younger children have a limited vocabulary because their experience is limited. Ther
Neglected OC Meme_WritingNeglected OC Meme_Writing6 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Neglected OC Meme
First of all, choose one of your characters that you've been neglecting. (aka: haven't drawn, written, or otherwise played with in a while) Awww, the poor thing!
1. Now give us a small intro to the character. If you haven't written for them in a long time give us the intro scene from the original fiction. (spelling and grammer mistakes included. Nothing altered!) If you can't find it, write as much as you remember or re-write it.
2. Cool. Well is there anything about it or the character you'd change now?
3. Yes, yes. I see. Now let's get to know them a little more. Do they have any hobbies? Fetishes? Strange quirks? Write us a short scene.
4. We all need a way to support ourselves, so what about a job? Or if they aren't old enough to work, what are their future plans to support themselves?
5. How about getting a little more personal. Write about the strangest or most uncomfortable situation they've ever found themselves in.
6. Yes, well I can
A meme for the bored-BLANKaka "A meme that's not about Godzilla."A meme for the bored-BLANK4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
-Pick nine characters; they can be your own, your friend's, offical, yourself, etc.
-Don't look at the questions first. And go in order.
-Don't kill off characters unless the question tells you to.
-Don't change the questions around unless my grammar or spelling sucks.
-Link back to the original/blank, please.
1) Well, then! Welcome to this meme! Go ahead, introduce yourselves!
2) Nice to meet you! Now we're going to play a little game called "spin the bottle". , you start! And it lands on !
3) Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa! Slow down! I never said what happened afterwards, did I? , now you go and punch  in the stomach! Your reactions?
4) Anyways,  seems pretty upset about this game! Do they stay or leave?
5) If they stay, answer only 5a. If they leave, answer only 5b. (Before moving on to 6.)
5A)  stays, although is rather pissed now. They spin next, and it lands on . For so
The Awkward Character Meme [ Blank ]Choose three characters to participate.The Awkward Character Meme [ Blank ]3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Hint: the unlucky number is 2, and the romantic ones are 1 and 3.
Tell me a little about yourselves.
Now that that's out of the way, write what would happen under each of the following circumstances, replacing numbers with the characters they represent:
2 tells 3 about their greatest fear.
The characters have to share a room. The room has only one bed, and the bed is only big enough for two people to sleep in.
The characters decide to have a karaoke night, however, the karaoke machine is incredibly hard to set up and the instructions are in Korean. 1 and 3 are forced to set it up.
2 and 3, describe 1 in ten words or less.
2 is being chased by a serial killer; they go to 1's house to hide out.
1 wakes up in bed next to 3 with no memory of the previous night.
3 and 1 just finished kissing. What happens now?
2 gets attacked by a vampire!
3 shows up at 2's house crying, and reveals to 2 that they are pregnant.
The lights blow o
OC Role play Meme1. Introduce your characters and give some basic information on each, so others can get to know them as well. If you don't have 5, make one up.OC Role play Meme5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
2. Character 1 and 4 are transported to a different time in the Past or the Future. How did they get there and what do they do when they realize it?
3. Character 3 bumps into Character 1 or Character 5, in the different time you choose in question 2 and asks them for help. Why did they need help?
4. Character 2 feeling left out, has tagged along with Character 1 or Character 5. Are they welcome on the adventure by Character 3? Explain why or why not.
5. Character 4 gets bored and decides they want to cause trouble. Choose the character they pick on and tell us what they do.
6. The Character you did not pick in question 2 manages to rescue everyone from the different time. Do all your characters like this? If not, which ones objected and why?
Writing Tutorial: Dialogue"An Amateur-Editor's Note on How to Paragraph Dialogue, and Other Dialogue-Related Crime Avoidance Techniques" by DailennaWriting Tutorial: Dialogue8 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
On my daily walk about the internet I often come across some horrible piece of writing at which I'm forced to stop reading and take a few deep breaths to calm myself before either sending a note to the writer, or fleeing in terror. These pieces of writing are usually just an accumulation of terrible spelling, grammar, syntax, and too much or too little plot, description, dialogue or action. Yes, there are stories that may have a lean towards dialogue or action and still look absolutely wonderful – in fact, these are the stories usually best written, because the author has learnt how to use their skills and mediums to produce the best result from a usually disastrous content – but the bundles of words I'm referring to have not had the same care and talent poured into them.
It could be the case that small children and people who don't have English as a
The Amazing Dialogue GuideIf you're reading this, then chances are you will be using dialogue at some point in your story. Good for you. Dialogue is important. It should be there to save you when description doesn't work. The following are some tips for awesome dialogue.The Amazing Dialogue Guide4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Tip One: Know your characters.
Before anything comes out of your character's mouth, you need to have an understanding of the character as a whole. This will influence how he or she talks and interacts with others.
Some good questions to answer are:
-Where is your character from?This can mean the difference between your character calling a carbonated beverage "soda" or "pop". Your character's origin can also influence how he or she says a word ("pahk" vs. "park" or "pin" vs. "pen"). Dialect is very important. If you can, try and research speech patterns of the area where your character is from.
-What is your character's social/ educational status?This is important to know because this is the basis for your character's vocabu
Blank 400 Question MemeAre you ready for this? There are 400 questions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Blank 400 Question Meme1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
4. That makes you:
5. Where were you born:
6. Location right now:
7. Shoe size:
8. How many piercings?:
10. When you wake up you're:
11. When your about to sleep you're:
12. Zodiac sign:
13. Chinese sign:
14. Righty or Lefty:
15. Innie or Outie:
Section Two: Looks
Section Three: Private Life
24. Do you have a boy/girlfriend?
25. If so, who? No one
26. If not, do you have a crush on someone?
27. Who has a crush on you?
28. Ever cheated on your bf/gf?
29. Who was your first kiss:
30. Who was your last kiss:
31. Are you a virgin?
32. Ever had a threesome before?
Blank about me meme Name:Blank about me meme2 years ago in Personal More Like This
- Single or taken:
- Hair color:
- Eye color:
- Are you straight/bisexual/gay?:
S P E C I F I C S
- What kind of shampoo do you use?:
- What are you listening to right now?:
- Who is the last person that called you?:
- How many buddies are online right now?:
F A V O U R I T E S
- Subjects in school:
H A V E | Y O U | E V E R
Ultimate Character ProfileGeneral Profile Info:Ultimate Character Profile5 years ago in Other More Like This
Nickname(s) (if any):
Occupation (how do they feel about their job?):
Economic Status (now and in the past):
Environment (how has it affected them now and in the past):
Religious Beliefs (how important is it to them?):
Body Type (endomorphic, ectomorphic or mezomorphic):
Hair (colour and style):
Accessories/Weapons (if any):
Powers (if any):
Magic and Powers:
Does this character know magic (spells, etc)?:
Does this character possess any kind of superpower?:
What are the limitations of this magic or power?:
What are the weaknesses of this magic or powe
Blank Random OC MemeMade an OC Meme. ;DBlank Random OC Meme3 years ago in Personal More Like This
- Pick 7 of your OCs in any order.
- DON'T LOOK AT QUESTIONS BEFOREHAND.
- Please link back to the blank.
- Enjoy. ;D
PICK YOUR VICTIMS!
1. [1-7] State your names, aliases, et cetera and would you like a donut or milkshake?
2.  and  decide to bungee jump, but 's cord snaps. What does  do?
3.  decides to cook dinner. What do they make?
4.  and  are at an arcade playing DDR. Who wins?
5.  feels bored, so they go to a bar and get drunk, when all of a sudden a liopleurodon shows up. What kind of chaos ensues?
6.  decides to get a perm. Where do they go to show off their amazing, gigantic afro?
7.  does make-up on  while they sleep. 's reaction when they wake up and look in a mirror:
8.  is hit by cupid's stupid arrows of lurve (temporarily, of course), and falls for . What happens?
9.  and  are stuck in a haunted house, with spirits trying to snatch their bodies. What do t
A Letter a Day Meme - BLANKHey Guys,A Letter a Day Meme - BLANK4 years ago in Letters More Like This
This is a letter meme I found from someone, so I took the idea and make it more personal and longer - really you're meant to do one a day but if you want to do a bulk in one go that's fine too. I just thought this may be a good thing to do for those who fine they want to get things off your chest. You can do it in a journal or you can do it in literature format or you don't even have to do it at all. I personally find this more beneficial than 'daily confessions' :3 so who wants to do this with me? 8D
Day One: A Letter to Yourself
Day Two: A Letter to Your Parents
Day Three: A Letter to Your Best Friend
Day Four: A Letter to a Secret Person
Day Five: A Letter to Your Crush/Partner
Day Six: A Letter to Someone Who Needs Support
Day Seven: A Letter to a Stranger
Day Eight: A Letter to a Relative
Day Nine: A Letter to Your Enemy
Day Ten: A Lette
Magical World Situation MemeLevel 0Magical World Situation Meme2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
-Who are you?
-Write ten(10) characters name. Notice the character under number 1 will be the one you start you adventure whit.
1) Its a beautifully day. The birds are chipping and you just went to the market to buy some food in the small town you lived, well it was more of a village but you loved it. You were passing beside the local pub, when 1 runs out of the pub, looking pale and shaking. 1 grabs you hand and drags you into the bar. What do you think happened?
2) A cloaked man in the dark corner of the bar called 1 and you over. What does he tells you?
3) Well it doesnt matter anyway as he give you two cursed weapons that shape shifts once they touch both of yours hands. For 1 its a bow and for you its a sword. The cloaked man poofs away laughing evilly. "You are stuck whit this weapons till you save the two kingdoms!". What are your reactions?
4) 7 Noticed