Creating a Well-Developed Original CharacterCreating a Well-developed OC
Hello! Welcome to my guide on the creation of a balanced, believable original character! Whether this is your first time creating a character and you want some advice on where to start, or you need to tweak your character, because you're unsatisfied with it, then you've come to the right place. In this guide you'll find details on the importance of every aspect of an OC, from something seemingly insignificant as the name to the powers of a character.
This guide can be applied to original characters of any fandom or purely of your creation for your own story! If your setting doesn't include some parts, like having abilities, you can simply skip over that section. Likewise, if I'm going into details on some specifics that don't apply to your character, feel free to skip over that as well.
Before I get into breaking down a character, let me first start off by asking you to do one thing. Get the term "Mary Sue" out of your head right now bef
Creating an Original Character - ApplicationCreating an Original Character - ApplicationCreating an Original Character - Application3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
This is the second part of the OC creation/development guide, so if you haven't read the first, it's called "Creating a Well-Balanced OC." In this part we are now going to apply the points I made in the first guide to an actual character, which will be my original character, Marise. This is so that you'll have a better picture of what I mean by the specifics in each point, because usually things are better understood when it's applied to something or an example is given.
Notice that I changed the title, taking out the "well-balanced" part. This is because the evaluation I'm about to make and every little detail I give on Marise Asahina will be objective. This means that I am leaving opinions aside and am allowing YOU all to determine whether you believe this character to be well-developed or not.
An important note to consider is that this is in no way a "defense" I am creating for this OC either. I figured I wouldn't be step
Creating a balanced characterWhat is a well balanced character?Creating a balanced character3 years ago in Other More Like This
A well balanced charater is one you would believe is really existing. Creating a character like this may seem not easy at all and sometimes even impossible but it is all about relating information about your character, a bit knowledge of human nature and psychology with each other.
If you manage to master this combination, you will be able to create characters that can come to life on their own.
Sounds good but pretty complex, right? Let me show you.
First of all: A character should always be the result of many factors being combined as I mentioned above.
-> Never say the creation progress is done when you miss out e.g. on important events in their backstory or did not mention their family/parents!
You can start out with different aspects and then build up the remaining parts very often but to keep some structure let's start with your characters backstory.
What happens to you in your life forms your personality and character.
Ever seen one of thos
World Building Formula pt. 3World Building FormulaWorld Building Formula pt. 36 years ago in Writing More Like This
Section 3: People
Culture at a Glance
What sort of real life culture, or cultures, is your world copying or a blend of?
Is your world more globalization, with cultures mingling and perhaps homogenizing Or are the cultures of your world more separate and distinct?
What does the language sound like? How difficult is translation?
Are there state religions, common sayings, and cultural beliefs present? Even if a particular culture is individualistic, common beliefs will be present.
How does the geography of you world interact with its inhabitants culture?
What sort of real life or historical government are like the one your people in your imaginary cultures live under?
Heres a list of real-life governments that have been used in our history and literature:
Creating a CharacterSo you want to Create a Character?Creating a Character5 years ago in Profiles More Like This
It's best to start with the basics.
Remember, it's perfectly okay to change your characters' names as you write your story. A character's name could be as simple as a common name, such as Max Reuben, or could be as elaborate as Cecelia Jane Vivian Lily Iris Alexis Thompson. But remember, you want to have a name for your character that can be used conversationally. Max and other monosyllabic names are great, but for you more creative types, just make sure your character can have a nickname, or will just go by one of his or her many names.
Another thing to remember is that, as a writer, your goal is to please at least one person besides yourself. And you're audience isn't stupid. Don't just name a compassionate person a foreign word meaning pacifist or love. It's rather obvious. Same rules apply when you have character types with stereotypical names tacked on, such as a brutish guy named Butch.
Be Creative, but not blunt with the ch
World Building Formula pt. 1-2World Building FormulaWorld Building Formula pt. 1-26 years ago in Writing More Like This
Section 1: Real Life Influences
Before we delve into creating an imaginary world, we must understand the importance of using real life influences as a base. No one can imagine anything not based on real life.
The best way to start creating or to fine-tune an imaginary world is to find influences from our world to be inspired from.
If a fantastical world has cargo full of imaginary species and magic or alternate laws of physics, the reader needs something, at least a few principles, that are the same as Earths so that they have grounding in your story. Theres a fine balance, as many wise writer types will say between patronizing and keeping your audience in the dark enough that they want to know more. The correct balance allows them to understand without confusion while being drawn on through the book by suspense.
Section 2: Nature
Reality, or at least what we perceive as reality, is probably the most key factor in what w
Writing Lesson: Character TraitsIt's come to my attention as of late that there are a few traits that people give their characters for no other reason than making their character unique. I thought I would just ignore it, but then they started popping up everywhere. I mean everywhere. I looked through the deviations in a group yesterday and saw reoccurring "traits" that make me want to tear my hair out. So this handy guide is here to tell you what's been done to death and when (if ever) it's still okay to use it. I am by no means a professional, but I certainly hope you'll take some of this to heart.Writing Lesson: Character Traits2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Please keep in mind that these are all just opinions, really. I am not telling you that you can't do these things! (Not that I have the authority to do that anyway). More than anything, these are just things to take into consideration when creating a character for a novel.
Heterochromia. This is the condition where one's eyes are two different colors.
Writing BEGINNINGS for Short StoriesWriting BEGINNINGS for Short Stories2 years ago in Writing More Like This
I was wondering if you had any tips on starting a short story? Like for instance, I have the scene all laid out in my head, I know exactly what's going on and stuff, I just don't know how to begin without giving away too much info and then boring the reader. If that make any sense.
Tips on how to make a beginning...?
-- Why, yes I do!
The fastest way to start a story -- is NOT at the beginning.
Open the story within one page of Hero Meets Villain, (or Lover Meets Beloved) with the story already in progress. Action scenes and snappy dialogue are the best hooks for snaring your reader, but hints of Mysterious things yet to happen works well too. I also set the stage for the story about to begin with a few lines of Description so that the reader can SEE everything as it happens.
Here are some examples from my fan-fiction:
Opening to HERO (Naruto)
It was supposed to be a
The Naming of CharactersFirst of all, we don't need this surface-value, wishy-washy crap. I'll show you what I mean, so here's a form I used to give out when accepting OCs for stories a long time ago (ah, back in the days. I truly forgot how fun writing without bounds used to be--you know, writing for your own satisfaction with things like outrageous Sues, blatant cliches, and genres that I have worn out for a year or two. I still do it sometimes, but I can't bring myself to get too heavily into the story because I know it would be really bad to anyone else. I DO miss writing about fantasy journeys, though, but I really wore that out when I was younger, so right now I'm getting into fantasy-without-the-magic. Technically, historical fiction for my own world).The Naming of Characters4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Anyway, carry on.
Writers' Notes - Battles and WarsWriters' Notes - Battles and Wars4 years ago in Writing More Like This
While I have written a tutorial on fight scenes, I felt that it would be prudent to write one regarding wars and battles. After all a war or a battle is not just about how to fight.
When you are writing a war or battle first make sure you plan where it's going to take place. Land can be tricky, and it changes during a battle.
Image two giant armies amassing on a huge field. Infantry and cavalry alike, all decked in battle gear and heavy armour.
The pound of thousands of feet, man and horses alike. How do you think the ground will look? Grass torn and flattened, turned to mud especially if the weather turns and it begins to rain or sleet. Are there hills or mountains? Has one army taken a higher ground, dug a moat or added spikes of wood to protect their area?
Is there forests around them, have the trees been burned by one army to keep the other from using the wooded area as shelter? Has an army begun to p
Mary Sues and you: OCxCanon relationshipsDisclaimer: Since this is a free country, you are welcome to make any OCxCanon pairing you want, it's not like you're going to get arrested. Creating stories and stuff like what I advise against here is fun, certainly. But you'll find, I think, that people will take your OC and your story more seriously (and people won't make fun of you behind your back.. Or flame you to your face)Mary Sues and you: OCxCanon relationships3 years ago in Writing More Like This
This is going to be harsh. You might be offended. I'm already not a fan of OCxCanon, and the ones I like a far and few between.
Also, I'm not claiming to be some sort of OC making guru. I'm most definitely not, but a friend asked me to do this for him so might as well post it here~ Also this is pretty much Bleach centered since that's the fandom we're both involved in. Aaanyway~
Things to avoid like the plague if you want your OCxCanon/ canon family members to be respected:
Some traits of an OCxCanon relationship are borderline suck, but it's made okay by other aspects of the relationship. But
6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Climax6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Climax6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Climax3 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 4 “Plot Points” – Section 9 “The Stand Up”
With Links to Supplementary Material
You've finally made it to the end of the story! Well... almost. But you have arrived at your story's final battle, the main confrontation, the showdown—the Climax. This is the point at which your plot comes to a close, and where your hero will either triumph or be destroyed by the Antagonistic Forces set against them. There is so much you can do we
7 Suggestions for Crafting your Story's Monster7 Suggestions for Crafting your Story's Monster7 Suggestions for Crafting your Story's Monster5 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Recently, I wrote an article about creating a story villain/antagonist, and focused a lot on how this was different from creating a “monster.” Today, I'm going to talk about monsters, how to create them, and how to use them efficiently. Please note that I am not talking about monsters as a designation of species (like Monsters Inc), but as a literary device.
Suggestion 1: Know how a monster differs from a beast or a villain.
Monsters have their own place in the fiction genre—completely separate from such antagonist forces as “villains” or “beasts”. Unlike a villain, a monster has no shred of humanity in it—even if it once was a human (like Freddy Kreuger). And unlike a beast, a monster is not part of the healthy ecosystem of your world. It is not part of the “circle of life” (even the more predatory parts), but a force of destruction.
Suggestion 2: Your monster should be more pow
Character Creation/Development Shell and GuideGeneral/Base Information:Character Creation/Development Shell and Guide2 years ago in Other More Like This
Birth Name: (The name they were legally given at birth by their parents)
Name Origin: (Why was the name chosen? Where did it come from? Does it have a country of origin? What does it mean? Or was it made up out of the blue and means absolutely nothing? Repeat for name changes, nicknames, and alias’ if they are applicable)
Current Name: (Have they always kept the same name? Did their name change? If so, what did it change to? Nicknames don’t count as a name change.)
Name Change Reasons: (Why did they change their actual, legal name?(if applicable))
Nickname: (An alternate name that they are sometimes, or prefer to be called. This can be a shortened version of their already existing name(“Sam” instead of “Samantha”) or a different name entirely unrelated to theirs, but that fits them or they are commonly called)
Alias: (NOT to be mistaken as a “Nickname
Writing Notes - Killing charactersWriting Notes - Killing characters3 years ago in Writing More Like This
Many writers state that they are very connected to their characters. This is not surprising, for writers we build worlds, we create people and animals and imbue them with a form of life. We let them live in our heads and think on them often.
Often I have day-dreamed into my written world, sat on a log watching my characters around the campfire swapping stories. I've seen them laughing, passing around skins of bad wine and spiced meats. I've seen them sink into sorrow at those they have lost, those they couldn't save. Whether any of this gets written is a different matter because it is all designed for me to learn more about my characters, so see them react.
We begin to know them intimately, their moods and habits and loves and fears. We can read their facial ticks and subtle body poses. So why wouldn't we become connected?
When you write stories especially long ones were you have a larger amount of time to learn about your characters and allow them to develop they do become something i
Interior MonologuesInterior Monologues6 years ago in Writing More Like This
"I was just wondering what you think about interior monologues, long passages of reflection?" -- Curious Kitty
A note on:
-- Interior Monologues
Whether you are considering adding a lengthy monologue to a story, or intend the monologue to be the story itself where the focus of the entire story is on one character's thoughts and feelings with very little action -- from my observations and experimentation, the readers either love them or hate them. There's no in-between.
However, it is notable that the internal monologue stories that are sought out most frequently tend to focus on a profound emotion of some kind: grief, loneliness, heartache... Usually by either those seeking to deal with such an emotion, as a kind of therapy, or by those that have never felt such emotions. (Strong emotional stories are extremely popular among young adults.)
In both cases, not only does the reader seek to submerge the
Writers' Notes - Fight ScenesWriters' Notes - Fight Scenes5 years ago in Writing More Like This
I have read enough books to find that fighting scenes can be difficult to write. Some of the novels I have read have had painful fighting scenes so this tutorial is an amalgamation of my thoughts on the best ways to do it.
First, let's break this down into aspects to think about:
Before writing fight scenes think about the characters involved. What are their skills, what are their ideas of fighting? Why are they doing so? Is it a sense of survival? Is it to show honour like a duel?
For example -
Does a peaceful man watch his brothers murdered in a slaughter by the king's men. Does he, in a rage, grab a fallen sword and defend the last of them. He holds no skill but the sheer fury at watching his peaceful world be shattered. Afterwards does he vow revenge and ride for the king's castle or retreat to the mountains to get over what he di