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
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.
Creating a balanced characterWhat is a well balanced character?Creating a balanced character2 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
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
Warrior SuffixesAWarrior Suffixes4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
-aster (f)= a petty motherly cat who is laid back and placid
-back (m/f)- Pertains to the cat's back, a indicator of their dominant colour or quality of fur
-belly (m, sometimes f)- a jovial cat
-berry (m/f)- A small sweet cat
-bite (m/f)- A cat who is a skilled hunter
-blaze (m/f) - A cat who is passionate all they do
-blink (m/f)- fast
-blossom (f)- a cat who is young at heart
-bloom (f)- A cat who is eager to mother and bring new life
-blotch (m/f)- has blotches of colour on white
-bounce (m/f)- peppy and happy cat, can be hyperactive
-breeze ( mainly f) - fast
-briar (f)- feminine and resilient
-call (m, rarely f) -a cat skilled at using their voice, a diplomat
-claw (m/f) -a warrior that is very skilled with their claws
-cloud (m/f)- a dreamer, and a lover, an idealist, or a cat with a very thick, very thick and puffy coat
-creek (m/f)- A graceful cat
-dapple (f only)- a tortoiseshell cat of some sort
-daisy (f)- Young at heart and innocent
-dawn (m/f)- a serene and medita
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.
Warrior prefixesAWarrior prefixes4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Acorn - a small golden brown cat
Adder - A dark coloured cat
Alder- A silver coated cat
Amber- a golden cat
Ant - A dark coloured cat
Apple - a pale golden cat
Ash - A pale grey cat
Ashen (f)- Pale grey cat
Aspen- silver tabby
Badger - Black and white
Bark - Brown
Bat- Dark coated
Bay- Pale grey
Bee- Yellow Tabby
Beech - Silver tabby
Beetle - Small and dark
Brier – white and yellow
Birch - A light silver tabby
Bird - A light boned cat
Black - Black
Blizzard - A large white cat
Blossom (f) - pretty
Blue - A greyish blue cat
Bonny (f)- pretty
Bounce - A small cat
Bourn- A grey coated cat (pronounced boorn)
Bracken - A brown tabby
Bramble - a brown tabby
Branch- Brown and skinny
Breeze (f) - Delicate
Briar- Brown tabby
Brindle (f) - Tortieshsell
Bright - Pale coloured
Brook- Silvery and slight
Broom- Yellow with spiky fur
Boulder - Greyish and big
Bumble- Orange tabby
Cajeput- Pale tan
Character Tips 3 - ClothingCharacter Creation ClothingCharacter Tips 3 - Clothing4 years ago in Other More Like This
So, your character has a body, a life and a personality. The thing is, they're still naked! Well, this should solve their problem.
Before we decide on their clothes, we need to figure out what they actually do for a living. This is important because, apart from their personality, this will decide the type of clothing your character will wear. For example, a princess will wear a lot of fine dresses and have a lot of jewellery whereas a peasant will have patched up clothes and little to no jewellery. A business man will wear a suit to work whereas a person working on a construction site will wear jeans, steel toed boots, a shirt, a high vis. vest and a hard hat.
Basically, position in society and career will determine what your character usually wears.
How Personality Fits In
Appearance is influenced by your personality, not the other way around. For example, an outgoing person will more likely reveal more skin than a shy per
Writers' Notes - Fight ScenesWriters' Notes - Fight Scenes4 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
Warrior cat namesHow to Make a Warrior name that does not FAILWarrior cat names4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Things to remember.
Warriors are named at birth. That is they are given a prefix based on tarts apparent when they are born. Some things to think of are. What colour is my cat? What size are they? What gender are they? What sort of fur do they have? Once you have taken these into account you give your kitten a kit name.
Things to keep in mind.
1) Naming a kit for their eyes. Kits are born with their eyes shut. They cannot see, and when their eyes do open a few weeks later they are blue. So naming a kit after their eyes is not done.
2) Naming a Star, Paw or kit. This goes without saying. These are saved for prefixes to indicate rank.
3) Remmeber, the mother does not know what the kit will do in life. So naming it after skills should be avoided. Say a mother named her kit Healingkit and be became a jerks warrior? He'd look pretty foolish. Nor does she know a kit's future personality. Gentlekit is not a good idea. However this is not a hard an
Interview Your CharacterINTERVIEW YOUR CHARACTERInterview Your Character3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
(YOUNG ADULT VERSION)
Choose an original character you have created. All questions must be answered from the character's perspective. The character should remain "in character" throughout the interview. The character may refuse to answer a given question, but must say something in reply to it. The character must answer truthfully, but that does not necessarily mean that their answers must be true, only that the character believes them to be true. Have fun.
. VITAL STATISTICS
. ABILITIES AND TRAITS
. HISTORY AND INFLUENCES
. PERSONAL TASTES AND OPINIONS
. SELF IMAGE
. KEY SOCIAL INFLUENCE
. GOALS AND DREAMS
1: What is your full name?
2: Do you have a nickname, pseudonym, or alternate identity?
3: How tall are you?
4: How much do you weigh?
5: What kind of build do you have (are you thin, fat, gangly, muscular, etc.)?
6: Describe your hai
Character Tips 1 - AppearanceCreating Characters AppearanceCharacter Tips 1 - Appearance4 years ago in Other More Like This
Here are a few tips to create the body of your new character. Appearance defines your character almost as much as personality. I hope something will be useful to you.
Is your character muscular? Tall and thin? Short and round? I think about body shape as basically height and weight. There are three basic body types that are also useful to know:
1) Ectomorph This is a delicate build. Pretty much tall and thin, there are more angles on these bodies than curves. Limbs and neck are also long and shoulders tend to be small. They often have a flat chest. Ectomorphs tend to have fast metabolisms.
2) Mesomorph A more athletic build. This type is more muscular. They have broad shoulders, a narrow waist and wide hips. This build gives women an hourglass type shape, with more curves than angles. Mesomorphs gain muscle easily.
3) Endomorph A rounder build. The abdominal area is more dominant with a high waist and n
Writers Notes - Writers BlockWriters Notes - Writers Block4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Writers Block is one of the worst feelings a writer can experience. Even the best writers will suffer it at some point or another. Point in fact that I myself am suffering writers block in my novel at this moment.
Some writers use it as an excuse to give up and stop writing completely. This happens more when the writers block lasts for a considerable period. It does not just have to be over days, I have known it to be over weeks and even over two months before now.
Writers block can be for many reasons. Often it can be when you are struggling with a key part of your writing / plot and are not making any headway. If this continues and affects the flow of your writing you can find yourself feeling "stunted."
Other writers blocks can be because you have overstretched yourself. Maybe you have been taking too much on or pushing yourself too hard. This is often when the hobby and joy of writing
How to Avoid Creating a Mary Sue TutorialHiya!How to Avoid Creating a Mary Sue Tutorial5 years ago in Writing More Like This
While reading manymanymany fan fictions and original stories with varying levels, it popped into my mind a few tricks to decrease the Mary Sue aspects from characters. I've sorted the tricks to different categories, hope they are useful! The categories are,
- What is a Mary Sue anyway? And why people create them?
- Before creating him/her, aka General attitude
- When creating him/her
- When writing about him/her
- Notes about fan characters
- Notes about original characters
- Links to other Anti Mary Sue tutorials
Most the tricks I've mentioned in this guide are good to remember all the time. However, the tricks I've marked with a star symbol (*) are optional, kind of extra tricks. I use quite harsh examples in the guide to make stuff clear, but remember that the flaws that are smaller than the ones that I mentioned can be bad, too!
On the other hand: Generally, NONE of mentioned flaws are ABSOLUTELY bad, so you don't necessarily have to throw your character into recycling bin or
Mary-Sues: Part 1Mary-Sues: Things You Need to Know and What to do if you see ThemMary-Sues: Part 14 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Mary-sues, Martha-sues, Marty-stus, Larry-Stus and Gary-Stus, we will all come across them at one point. Most of us have heard of them, some have been violently accused of making them via flaming, and others are still naïve to the terms. While people who have been on writing sites for years absolutely loathe them, most are inconsistent with an all-around definition. A majority claim that Mary-Sues are characters that are absolutely perfect in every shape, form and personality, while others just say that they are characters that are just too powerful, unique, or are so clichéd from past characters, and a few say they are self-inserts no matter how well-developed they are. Some on fan fiction sites even say that all Original Characters or Fan Characters (OCs) who are paired with a canon character or just take the spotlight are Mary-Sues. On the other side of the cr
Character Tips 2 - PersonalityCharacter Creation History and PersonalityCharacter Tips 2 - Personality4 years ago in Other More Like This
So, you have the body of your character, but it's only the body. It has no life or personality yet. This will hopefully help to give it one.
Creating a history is not often fun or easy, but what has happened in your character's past will affect their personality. Of course, like with everything else, there are traps that you can fall into. Some things are horribly overused, it's not illegal to use them, but just keep in mind that they are really common. Whatever you do, don't have an overly sad past, and I don't mean that they can't be orphans, or be abused by a parent or partner, because it does happen in real life (sadly). Just don't have every single thing happen to them.
Example: "Growing up, Amy was never happy. She had been orphaned at the age of 5 in a car crash. She was soon adopted by a family who seemed nice at first but then they started to abuse her. She would cry herself to sleep every night bec
Character Design TutorialGENERAL ISSUES ABOUT CHARACTER DESIGNCharacter Design Tutorial4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
[New section!] Over-mirroring aka sticking too much in patterns of the original series!
INTRODUCTION: DESIGN OF CHARACTER'S LOOKS: WHAT IS ITS ROLE IN THE WHOLE CHARACTER DESIGN?
At first: No costume can save a badly made character. Your Average Joe/Jane character won't become any more interesting even if you make him/her to wear turquoise hair and odd-colored neon-color eyes. What makes character interesting is his/her INNER SIDE: his/her personality, history, skills, behavior pattern, odd traits, running gags, simply WHAT (S)HE IS. A rye bread doesn't become into a cream cake even if you put on it whipped cream and strawberries.
However, a good design may help the reader/viewer to notice, tell apart and remember the character more easily. That's why all Naruto characters are not sporting black hair and wearing those green tactical vests: if all character seemed almost similar, it would be pain for the reader to tell who of th
A Guide to Warriors OCsWarriors OCs: How Not to Make Your Character SpecialA Guide to Warriors OCs3 years ago in Writing More Like This
So you want to make a character that stands out. Understandable, that's not a bad goal to have. There are a lot of fan characters out there, a lot of things have been done and overdone, and you want yours to be distinctive while remaining realistic. Good for you. Here's how not to do it.
First and foremost, the worst thing you could do is give your cat a crazy/depressed/mentally-imbalanced mother so that you can excuse any old random piece of crap name. That is the opposite of creativity and has already been done to death.
So what about background and birthplace names? Nope. Those are common enough as it is, and forcing your character to be born in some random place outside the nursery or in the middle of a tornado does not an interesting character make. Clan cultures do not place value on an individual's distant past so much a
Warrior Cats Helpful Guide to Writing a Good StoryRule 1. Follow the naming laws.Warrior Cats Helpful Guide to Writing a Good Story3 years ago in Settings More Like This
A small but important rule, while its not officially put in the Warrior Code, however the clans do normally follow it, just like the other rules. Except Skyclan in some cases, So what's this rule?
DO NOT. Call your cat...
anything Moon. (Moonfur, Brightmoon etc)
Anything star UNLESS a leader. (Starwing, etc)
Anything that is a human item. (Hammerclaw, Bulletwind, Silverbarrel etc)
Clan words at the front of their names. (Unless that is a founder of a brand new clan, it shouldn't be there). (Thunderfoot. Windstorm Skywing)
When this has been broken: Windflight, Moonflower Skyheart. mistakes Vicky apologised for. Only exception to this was Skywatcher.
Quote from one of the Erin's about the moon name "...So the moon has significance, mystery, beauty, but not actual power, if you see what I mean. Early on, we decided that the name "moon" shouldn't be used by Clan cats not because it would insult StarClan, but because it would imply that a particular cat had
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