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
A Guide to Warriors OCsWarriors OCs: How Not to Make Your Character SpecialA Guide to Warriors OCs2 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