Creating A Believable OCHow to Create a Believable Character (And Romance) for Any FandomCreating A Believable OC5 years ago in Writing More Like This
You know, the more and more fanfiction I read, the more bashing of original characters I see.
And you know, I hate to admit it, but I can totally see why. Most original characters are flat, boring, perfect, and sometimes even a cardboard copy of a canon character.
To be honest, I've been creating original characters since I started watching and reading anime and manga. I've created some Sues, and I've later created really good characters. There have been countless topics on the subject, but I believe that this little guide will help a few new writers in the making or maybe some old ones.
Also, please don't take this as law or anything. This is just my way of doing things and I've found that it works well for ME. Take from this what you will.
Part I: Where Will Your Character Fit In The Universe?
Okay, so you want to create a character for your fandom? Maybe you want an evil wizard to take Voldemort's place
Three Act StructureThree Act Structure5 years ago in Writing More Like This
The three act structure is a common and effective method of plotting a story. This tutorial aims to serve as a straightforward and practical introduction to that structure, avoiding excessive detail and technicalities. For those interested in a more extensive overview, I recommend reading Alexandra Sokoloff's posts on the topic at The Dark Salon. (See the links in her sidebar.)
If you've heard a story described as a beginning, a middle and an end, you've already encountered the three act structure. The first act is the beginning, where characters and ideas are introduced. It's the first quarter of the story and ends with the first climax. The second act is the middle. It's all about conflict and opposition. It's also the longest act, at roughly half the story. As such, the second act contains two climaxes: one at it's midpoint and one at the end. The third act is the end of the story and leads up to the