Tips on writing BL/ind and double agent OCs
“Every villain is a hero in his own mind. So part of me has to sort of have my arms around Loki because the moment I’m judging him is the moment I cease to be able to play him. It’s a strange relationship ‘cause I kind of love him even though I know he’s really tragic and misguided.”
Actor Tom Hiddleston, everybody. Loki wouldn’t be nearly as popular if Tom hadn’t played him so brilliantly in Thor. And he played him so brilliantly because he understood him. He didn’t think of him as a generic heartless villain: he considered his pain, struggles, and motivations. And he helped create the most three-dimensional villain since Severus Snape.
So if you want to write about a Battery City character in a fanfiction or put one in a roleplay, you’ll have to think like Tom. It’s easy to throw together another generic villain, but where’s the creativity and insight in that? Developi
This is THE BEST THING TO EVER EXIST!I found this site where you can generate song lyrics in the style of a particular artist, and I tried to make a Johnlock song in the style of ABBA, and the result has be in hysterics XDMore Like This
some interesting projects to look into So I was looking around on kick starter and found some really interesting independent games,novels etcMore Like This
this isn't only interesting cause it has someone who worked on the elders scrolls as well, but if has Dino's is it *W* it looks like a really fun and interesting game *W*
I read this one online *W* its a really nice book with amazing visuals *W* it will be awesome if she menages to
make it into a real book *W*
your very own 3D printer
I Hate April FoolsWell on dA at least. . .More Like This
Rant Will Be Happening
Seriously guys, What is so funny about posting a journal that your leaving, that you have died, you're in Hospital and so forth? You know on the internet people CAN care about you and they won't fucking know it's an April Fools Thing Unless You Tell them.
And some people will tell me = OH Of Course People Will KNOW it's a joke! It's April Fools!
Well news for you - Some people CAN die on April Fools.
Another thing, what is so funny about suicide and all the subjects that are delicate? It can make some people uneasy! I suppose that's what is so annoying about dA, on the internet you can't tell it's a joke for sure unless they tell you.
I know I'm probably being over reactive about this but yeah. I honestly don't get the jokes about this sort of stuff. I find that it can hurt some people-
Don't get me wrong though! I do sometimes like little pranks, just the ones where you both laugh at. Just sensitive ones are out for me.
Sorry- Had to get
Ookami (A deified wolf in Japanese Mythology)There are some animals and creatures in Japanese mythology. Almost of them are servants of gods. For example, foxes are servants of Inari-shin, who is a god of harvest.More Like This
Only two creatures took part in a category of gods -that is to say, wolves and snakes-.
Chichibu had been the most active area of a faith to wolves.
Long time ago, Yamato-Takeru-no-Mikoto [日本武尊] (who is one of heroes in Japanese mythology) went on an expedition. But when he went through in the deep forest of Chichibu [秩父] mountains, it was in a dense fog and he lost his way. Then, one white wolf appeared in front of him. The white wolf walked a head of him and guided to the outside of the forest. He escaped the deep forest at last.
Yamato-Takeru-no-Mikoto greatly appreciated a help of a white wolf. He constructed a shrine. The wolf which helped him was joined in a group of gods. The god of the wolf was called "Ooguchi-no-Magami [大口真神]". (It means "a g
Fact vs Myth-Wolves:iconmv1plz::iconmv2plz::iconmv3plz::iconmv4plz::iconmv5plz::iconmv6plz::iconmv7plz:More Like This
:iconmuttplz: Fact VS Myth :iconruuzaplz:
so since i'm member of the :icona-o-w: group on Deviantart ( which I suggest you to join if you like wolves/canines) I saw their latest journal and surprising enough, it were facts, vs myths, that I even read about in an article before, never was I able to share it here mainly because i'm bad add typing in many cases xD so I decided to spread the journal here though !!!
[Bullet; Red][Bullet; Red][Bullet; Red]:iconmuttplz: Fact VS Myth :iconruuzaplz:[Bullet; Red][Bullet; Red][Bullet; Red][Star!]
It's time to separate truth from fiction with this article. As a wolf lover and activist, you will most likely be encountered by these lies typically regurgitated by those who favor the sadistic, illogical, unethical, and unscientific killing of wolves. So here's what you should know.
Win a Plushie of your character :DIt's CONTEST TIME!! YEHMore Like This
Theme: The Sea
Your task is to create an illustration inspired by the sea, you must include in your illustration; a star fish or a sea shell with a pearl.
The image does not have to be under water, it can be on a beach... it is for you to decide. You can include your OC character, my character Ardy or anyone else you want in the image, but it is not essential or necessary to win.
o| no explicit imagery, it's PG kids
o| it must be your own work
o| it must be a full illustration, with a background!
o| be creative, you might just win a plushie
o| do not hunt for sympathy votes, I don't give them out
How to submit your entry:
send me a note with the title The Sea Contest and a link to your submitted piece.
Judging your work:
If your idea is strong and clear, it doesn't matter what level your anatomy skills or Photoshop knowledge is at. Wha
How Rhea and I metMy friend wolfie1998 inspired me to do this~More Like This
( warning, this text will be long! haha ;; )
Me and :iconvizuo: have been together for almost 2 years now,
but I believe none of you knows how she and I met (or, most of you don't)!
I was 15 back then, and very unsure about everything since I'd just finnished the school I was in, and I were about to go to High School. Alone on top of that, since none of my friends were to go to the same school as I.
I felt a little lonely, and definately sad. Luckily, I had some friends who I went to my first convention with (<3!), and we planned on cosplaying together.
Those friends knew a person named Rhea (won't use her real name, sorry!) who cosplayed from the same series as we did, and they invited her to our little Skype-group.
This is going to sound really cheesy, but in all honestly... the first time they talked about her, and when she joined the group to chat with us... I felt something. I just loved her name, and I just really wanted
Yep xD (Uke-Seme Test)Stolen >w<More Like This
30+ = Super Uke
21-30 = Uke
20 = Seme-uke (Seke)
11-19 = Seme
10 = Super Seme
[X] You like to be content in everything.
[/] When a person confesses their love to you and you don't like them, you start feeling very tense and/or you don't know what to say.
[/] You enjoy listening to smooth and relaxing music.
[X] You are quite hyperactive.
[ ] If you don't like something, you start crying and you don't care if you start talking too loud.
[ ] You love candies or any type of caramel.
[ ] You like making others blush.
[ ] You sleep with a doll/teddy bear/pillow in your hand.
[ ] You're usually shy with the opposite gender.
[ ] You like romantic-funny anime.
[X] Between L or Light cosplay, you prefer L.
[ ] You have listened to "an café".
[ ] You like listening to it.
[ ] You have one or two songs on your computer of "an café".
[ ] You are innocent and/or a little clumsy.
[X] You smile at kitties.
[ ] You usually say "kawaii".
[X] You like plushies.
[ ] Between light blue an
Little ventSo, this is mainly about homosexuality and the rights of gay marriage being legalized and whatnot.More Like This
This popped up when I was discussing something on a website where a Korean couple announced that they are going to hold the first gay marriage in their respective country. Now, this has caused lots of support and lots of hate as well, which made me think, after reading the comments: "I never knew so many people were truly, truly disgusted by it."
Now, I have nothing against people's beliefs. At all. People are raised in a different way, some in a religious family, while others... not so much. Some got stuff implanted in their head and it'll stick by them until it's their time to go while others can actually let go of them.
Then again, like I once said in my original comment: "People will never learn."
I'm not going to generalize religion and the ones that strongly believe in theirs, but religious people have their beliefs and are free to entitle/state their own opinions, <i>
Chuck Jones Quotes on Characters"If you start with character, you probably will end up with good drawings."More Like This
"As you become acquainted with a character you are creating, you add parts of yourself that are pertinent to that character."
"Each character represented a trait that resides in me."
"I have come to know Bugs so well that I no longer have to think about what he is doing in any situation. I let the part of me that is Bugs come to the surface, knowing, with regret, that I can never match his marvelous confidence."
"The whole essence of good drawing—and of good thinking, perhaps—is to work a subject down to the simplest form possible and still have it believable for what it is meant to be."
~Chuck Jones, director, animator, cartoonist, and cocreator of characters we know today as the Looney Tunes
I got trolled last year about how you should not pour traits of people you know or yourself into your characters. It makes it too personal, they said. It's unprofessional and stupi
How to love a girl who can't love herself.one.More Like This
When she cries herself to sleep
six out of seven nights a week you must
say nothing. You must simply take
her in your arms and kiss her gaunt,
pale cheeks and wait for her to
slumber at the sound of your heart.
On the days where she wishes she
were part of the stars, tell her
no. Tell her that there are too many
lights in the sky and that just one
would be forgotten the moment you looked
away from it. Tell her that she is perfect
the way she is: completely human.
Don't let her think about the scars
that no one but her can see. If she
says "I think I'm broken" smile like you
know a secret and say, "No, you're mending."
But do not be the one to fix her - no, she
Celebrities and deathBy now, most of you have probably heard the news about Cory Monteith-- and if you haven’t, he passed away suddenly on Saturday. No word on the cause of death just yet, but he was found in his hotel room. He played Finn on the show Glee, so fans are heartbroken over this. If you’re a Glee fan, have a hug: :iconawkwardwayhugplz:More Like This
People on Tumblr have been talking about how scary it is to see a celebrity die. We imagine them as immortal, in a way. It’s hard to imagine a celebrity not being alive to film the next season of a TV show, write the next book in a series, or help create his band’s next record. We assume they’ll always be there, especially if whatever he or she is working on (like a book or TV series) isn’t finished. I think it’s weird enough to imagine celebrities aging-- I can’t imagine the MCR guys with grey hair-- let alone dying. We elevate them above regular people, but no matter how famous someone is, they age a
A Fab-Seeker's Guide to FabFirst of all, a big HEY to all you Kayjays out there. It’s been several apocalypses and a half since I last spoke with you lovelies, and I want to thank you for hangin’ in there with me. How the hell’ve you all been, tumbleweeds?More Like This
Before you ask, I’ve been fabulous. And if this surprises you, you should promptly take out your 3D glasses, stick ‘em onto your nose, and keep reading.
I’ve been hearing reports of a BL/ind-hosted website that uploads videos of us Kayjays for BL/inders’ viewing pleasure. Now, here’s the do: the videos have been edited so much that we look and sound like a bunch of goddamn BL/ind employees (wtf, right?). I mean, if you’re gonna edit the fab out of my style, you might as well go pop the world with a needle and watch as it squeals away into the darkness while you’re at it.
So we come to the loud climax: a list of BL/ind edits, visual and verbal, and what they really mean. There are thousands of
SING lyrics + Photography = Visual poetrySome of you might remember when I did this: http://mcrdeviantclub.deviantart.com/journal/SCARECROW-lyrics-Photography-Visual-poetry-317796484 I made one for SING a while ago, but kept forgetting to post it for some reason. Here it is.More Like This
Sing it out
Boy, you've got to see what tomorrow brings
Sing it out
Girl, you've got to be what tomorrow needs
For every time that they want to count you out
Use your voice every single time you open up your mouth
Sing it out, boy they're gonna sell what tomorrow means
Sing it out, girl before they kill what tomorrow brings
You've got to make a choice
If the music drowns you out
And raise your voice
Every single time they try and shut your mouth
Cleaned-up corporation progress
untrusted heart by ucilito
Dying in the process
veil by SuzyTheButcher
Children that can talk a
9/11-- Just a reminderMCRmy Boston made a good post and I think it should be reposted here:More Like This
To those of you who are old enough to remember 9/11 you have some understanding of how horrible it was. I understand at this point, some of you were too young or just babies at the time, but I want to remind you that this is a serious thing and it's not to be confused as a celebration because MCR was formed from after it and it is not to be taken lightly so I hope that whatever you may say online today, on whatever site you go to, is respectful and tasteful on behalf of all MCR fans.
So just as a reminder, yes, something good came out of this tragedy, but please be respectful and don't try to use this as a party day. I think I can trust most people in this group not to do that but I'm posting this just in case.
The Girl With The Floating Hair.He sat by the window, pale as the white, cotton fabric of his shirt, the bones standing out against the thin, almost transparent skin. His once so alive, blue eyes were rimmed with a shade of red, black spots in the darkened depths, filled with broken dreams of an unruly past. Sharp corners on a road that should have been straight, decisions that ended up with him here, in a small room without colours in a world that despised him and his thoughts, the impressions he had one the world. Only the girl with the floating hair and watery eyes understood him, the one dressed in blue with a skin so bright, finest silk in a place with only grey wool and cotton, a siren's voice leaving her mouth whenever she spoke.More Like This
She came to him at night when he laid on his bed, water dripping from her hair as it floated through the air, whispering sweet promises of how a better place was waiting for him behind the dark horizon, and he believed her. Every word, every syllable that left her lips felt like anoth
My Thoughts on FanfictionWell, fan fiction has been around a long time, no doubt about it. But how far is too far? Yes, thousands of fans write fan fiction, slash and non-slash, but with recent incidents in the My Chemical Romance fandom. I felt this was appropriate to talk about my feelings towards fan fiction. Which applies to all bands though.More Like This
Simply put, I love fan fiction, I see it as a way to explore your creativity and work out characters. So a lot of band fan fiction, I don't really see the band in them, I see that fans use the band members as a base of some sort as to shaping characters, because the multiple stories I've read and continue to read, with the band as characters, their personalities are completely different. They open the doors to so many opportunities with story development, character building, that it amazes me how creative these people are. But there's a difference when it comes to the pairings.
Now don't get me wrong, I ship a lot of pairings, within the band an
Stalking vs. Normal Fan BehaviorMy Chemical Romance, as far back as I can remember, has never had a normal fan base. The fans have always had a certain passion and drive for the band that many other bands cannot replicate and arouse in their own fans. This devotion has led to good developments within the fan base with such projects like #Sing it for Japan, a music video driven by mostly fan made creations. Yet amidst all of this are some controversial acts of devotion that have sparked a split within much of the fan base in what is right or wrong.More Like This
The controversial behavior in question started to appear more frequently during the band’s Black Parade Tour in 2007. Video footage of fans stalking them to their hotel is all over YouTube: fans screaming for them to sign things well into the night. It should come to no surprise though. My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade had sold 1,169,697 copies in the U.S alone by August 25, 2007. It was certified as 2X Platinum in the UK. By 2010, in t
Long Videos are our speciality.So, we had some fun with the camera again and ended up doing two videos. One of them is 15 minutes while the other one is 17 minutes, so 32 minutes of awkwardness. We see ourselves as very funny people that really don't have lives, and we're master commanders when it comes to go off subject, so you've been warned. xDMore Like This
If I've ever said that fangirls whom cries over Frerard montage-videos are stupid, which I actually think I haven't said but I may be wrong, I take it back either way because yeah, I'm actually sitting here in my room with my wife right now and we're watching these J2 montage videos, and I'm crying and I regret nothing because seriously, all the feelings they bring out, I'm so in love with this pairing, it's not even funny anymore, freaking montage videos that makes my heart ache.
Run the Gamut: A Way to Flesh Out Your CharacterMore Like This
First of all, I freely admit that what I say isn't gospel. I am a total amateur at art and writing. I've learned everything that I know via the internet and a few drawing books. It's just that I appreciate all of the tutorials here on dA that have helped me out, and I want to put a little bit of my own methods back in.
Is your character feeling a little bit stilted? Do you want to find a way to flesh him out a bit so that he'll be more three-dimensional? Well, here's an activity to get you started on the right path.
I call this activity Running the Gamut .
Everyone feels the same feelings. Everyone feels happy, sad, angry, afraid, in love, etc. This activity is a little bit like those character info sheets that you may have filled out, but this is different. You don't have to write your answers down (though it really can't hurt), but you should know these answers really well. In this activit
I Miss You: Should You Orphan Your Character?More Like This
First of all, I freely admit that what I say isn't gospel. I am a total amateur at art and writing. I've learned everything that I know via the internet and a few drawing books. It's just that I appreciate all of the tutorials here on dA that have helped me out, and I want to put a little bit of my own methods back in.
Be warned: this is a really sensitive issue. I really hope that this isn't something that is just taken lightly by an author. This discussion may also be a bit too gruesome for some, so viewer discretion is advised.
Some of the best and worst characters ever put to paper have been orphans. But are you writing Batman or just another Mary Sue?
Parents are key figures in shaping who we are, so you should have a very good reason to off characters with such impact. They can be well-thought out and if done right can provide a compelling insight into the psyche of their child. Maybe a neat-freak had parents who were absolute
The Cracks Begin to Show: Making Flawed CharactersMore Like This
First of all, I freely admit that what I say isn't gospel. I am a total amateur at art and writing. I've learned everything that I know via the internet and a few books. It's just that I appreciate all of the tutorials here on dA that have helped me out, and I want to put a little bit of my own methods back in.
I've run across an odd myth about fictional characters here on good ol' deviantART: If my character isn't a Mary Sue then I've definitely written a good character. Sadly, this is not so. A Mary Sue (see here for more) is just a specific kind of bad character. Not all bad characters are Mary Sues. It would be like saying that since the movie you made isn't Birdemic or The Room, it's a good movie. Erm that's not quite the case. Maybe your skills are only OK. What's a budding writer to do?
Making a good character is a lot more complex than just avoiding
How to Make a WorldHow to make a worldMore Like This
Table of Contents:
-Part 1: Home Sweet Home: The basics of you world
-Part 2: Into the Garden of Madness: The Human Psyche
INTRODUCTION! read this!
This is meant to be a general guide on how you can make your own planet/world and what patterns it would input onto its denizens. As well as how you can alter your world history as it goes on. PLEASE NOTE! This guide is going under the assumption that you are making an Earth/Human-like planet, if you're going to do something drastically different DON'T BE ALARMED, many pieces of this guide will still apply but just know where your world would differ from the "standard" set.
Remember, when you know the rules, you will also know how to break them. The point of this guide is not to copy the world history of our own lives but to create a new history unique to the setting which you create BASED on the trends our own species has experienced.
PART 1: Home Sweet Home, The Basics of Your World
This part of
A World Building and Novel Writing GuideThe List System - A World Building & Novel Writing Organization GuideMore Like This
If you are like me, you are someone who finds a lot of benefit in making lists and keeping a lot of notes. This has naturally lead me into developing my own system in organizing my numerous story projects, in a way that keeps them easily accessible, clear, and able to hold any and all Information I need.
World building and Plot making are sometimes time-intensive processes. They can be spread out over long distances of time, or larger chunks of building sprees. Whatever works for you is great! If you aren't sure, listen to your whims. This is a very flexible and customizable system that can flow however you do. This method however is not for everyone, if you are not a list oriented person, this may seem more like a chore. If you are unsure, give it a try and see how well it works out for you.
This entire system centers around using and modifying a basic template. I use this templat
A Guide to Well done HeroesMore Like This
Hi! This is Chivi-chivik M@ngaka and I'll show you how to create good heroes!
NOTE 1: Sorry for my English and any typo I've probably made.
NOTE 2: If I forgot something, please tell me!
NOTE 3: Remember: this is a guide to make good heroes, not a guide to make good characters.
A hero is the character that a shitload of stories and/or genres need in order to exist. But making memorable or even good heroes is increasingly difficult, because as we know, a lot of things have been seen so far.
Don't despair yet. You can still make good heroes.
What a hero essentially is
There are lots of definitions to the concept of 'hero', so it might be a bit confusing.
Usually people refer to the hero as that character in the good side who opposes the Villain and the bad side.
However, this doesn't need to be like this always. Maybe they oppose the villain, but they don't work in the good side.
Anyway, let's see the parts and tips that will help you to
How Not to Tell a StoryAfter being on DeviantArt for a few years now, I've noticed patterns in people's stories. Patterns, that I can't say I've ever seen until I started using the internet. I believe that's because these kind of patterns are thoroughly unprofessional. The pattern in short is this:More Like This
Character = victim
Plot = bad things happening to said victim
Maybe this sounds harsh. It's not if you understand that is ALL there is to these stories. They take any character, hurl them into a tragedy and that's it.
Let's get this straight: We do not know your character well enough to care about them yet. No matter how bloody and gutty their injuries are, no matter how many of their family members are deceased, no matter what their boyfriend did to them, no matter what kind of disease they have, WE. DO. NOT. CARE!!!!!
These kind of things are sad in themselves, but WHO is this person we're supposed to feel so horrible for? Establish THAT. It should be your absolute FIRST priority: no exceptions.
No more pasting
Transmission #23*there was the infamous sound of static and a little bit of flickering before Dee came on the transmitter, appearing completely ordinary save for her smile, which was a little bit dimmer than it usually was; if anything she appeared more apologetic than anything*More Like This
...Hi, everyone. I know it's been since August since I last posted a transmission...wow...a little over three months. We were gone for three months...? Goddamn. Anyways, I-I'm sorry that I didn't send anything out sooner. We had to stay in hiding you see, just to make sure that we were all safe from...*her expression went a bit haunted for a moment*
...well, safe from Sylar. That asshole.
I won't really get into detail in what happened because I don't know who may be listening but there was an experiment, me becoming a blonde Firebender for a while, along with far too much red and gold for my liking and a house exploding moment. And coyotes, apparently. Lots and lots of coyotes.
...After getting back from th
The Nightjar Prologue"The fear of blood tends to create fear for the flesh."More Like This
That quote always does seem to spark a sense of nostalgia in me. Most people just wouldn't understand. What is it? It sounds creepy, doesn't it? And yet, it brings back a lot of memories; although not all the images it brings are good, I can't deny that the quote makes me think of some good times I had.
I always was too much of a dreamer. My mind's never on the present; it's hard for me to stay still and not think of different possibilities for stories, especially when it helps keep you entertained during a long, hard day. Sometimes I wonder how I ever managed to learn to drive, with how I am. I make so many wrong turns it's not even funny.
Somehow I don't think this one was my fault, though.
No, most people wouldn't understand the fear of blood and its tendencies. Most people have never had the pleasures of traversing abandoned cities full of deadly monsters…
I just never imagined I'd be d
Suddenly I'm in the mood to listen to Bruno Mars.*absolutely girly voice* Hey, losers~ It's Bond. James Bond and my eyebrow game coming to slay you.More Like This
Dee already beat me at the transmission game and so I'll spare you the wonderful news...*laughs softly, scathing the back of his head with a thoughtful tone of voice* It's strange when you're the one who was pointed at once and deemed to be single forever to be married hopefully soon, and the first in the midst of his siblings? Then again they're all lunatics sooo...
Despite it not being in next week I'm the kind of guy who likes to see his work progress, at least slowly but steadily. I've got a few ideas down as of now And no Dee, no peekie peekie yet but I can't do it all alone.
As of now, I need a good hand who can do arts 'n' crafts and actually not ruin all these plastic flowers I've just got. Anyone care to lend a hand? Just please...Come over here and tell me how to turn this hot glue gun on, even that will be great. Yeah. I'll pay you for that, just for that, eve
One.Okay, first time transmission ever since I got here.More Like This
To be more precise, the first casual transmission ever since I got here.
So, I don't know if you know but I was promoted a pharmacy director a while ago.
And I don't know if you know but Peter, my wanker of a partner in crime of mine got into a hospital yesterday. No, not in the morgue, although that'd be lovely. He's currently in the ER. Basically he's suffering from malnutrition, poisoning from dieting on nothing but pills and coffee and sever insomnia.
Now I'm left in charge of all of the pills and junkies in this City.
Let's give them sugar pills instead and see what fun happens.
Anyway. Troubles aside. I've bribed this guy at the bakery for ice cream by the batch. Any one wants some? No, they're not free.
You have to pay me by chatting with me. *chuckles*
So, what's up with you guys?
It's Hooooooorror Time.Helloooooooooooooo there, all you lowly peasants.More Like This
*laughs* Just kiddin'. We're all peasants here anyway. Hey, Gem here with the...trial of a public transmission. I've been wondering what I could transmit out besides my private life...or sing. A whole lot of you guys are wonderful singers out here and I'd rather not get in the competition...
And then it hit me. I love horror and the paranormal in general and I think a lot of you guys do too, I mean, what else do we do when we sit in circles around the fire at night - Trying to tell the scariest story to turn even your bravest friend paranoid. And that's what I'll do. Providing some creepy stuff to fuel you for your next camping night.
My first try today will be on the daytime though; I'm starting out nice and easy for the little scaredy cats out there with some audios from my personal collection. Prepare your recording buttons.
This here is a recording used during experiments in psychological warfare during
A Writer's Guide: Believable CharactersI know a lot of you out there are aspiring-writers (I’m one myself!) and sometimes we get so caught up in this “must publish!” attitude that we get lost in our stories along the way. Sometimes there comes a point when we stare at our half-finished novel and say “I’m stuck. “ Usually these moments happen when we don’t know where we’re going next with our story, and usually that’s because somewhere along the line we’ve strayed off the path and we aren’t quite sure how to get back.More Like This
One of the things that you may find helpful if you’ve never done it before is to take a really in-depth look at your characters and the world they live in. Characters are really the backbone of our stories. You can carry an entire story on the shoulders of a character without much plot (memoirs anyone?), but you can’t carry a plot without some great characters. So, to help you guys out, I wanted to write an article on things you shoul
Creating a balanced characterWhat is a well balanced character?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
Writer's Tip: Show, don't tell.Show, don’t tell (SDT). It’s one of the few consistent pieces of advice that all writers have heard at one time or another. Even the most amateur of writers parrot it back, but knowing the phrase doesn’t necessarily mean that we understand it, or how to implement it.More Like This
So what does “Show, don’t tell.” really mean? SDT is the idea that instead of telling your readers what’s happening in a story, you show them. This seems like an abstract concept to most of us, but what it boils down to is this: using words to give your readers an idea without having to directly state it. There are many ways good writers do this. It can be as simple as adding a scene for when your character walks down the street to the corner market rather than saying “she went to the store.” but it can also be as complicated as weaving subtext into dialogue and editing entire character personalities to prove a point down the line. I want to look at two example
10 Quick Tips: StorytellingFor those with high-powered jobs, demanding pets, or other drains on your valuable time: here is a quick, ten-point tutorial for better storytelling.More Like This
The points are drawn from books, articles, casually-offered-advice and my own experience. Much like the Ten Commandments, they aren't all concrete rules. Just things to strongly keep in mind.
1. Show, don't tell.
-> Don't tell us that elves are disliked. Show us the disgust on people's faces when one appears.
-> But sometimes it is quicker just to tell. Watch out for those times.
2. Dramatise more.
-> Don't give the reader overviews. Pick out scenes and dramatise them.
-> Narrators explaining things is boring. Characters doing things is exciting.
3. The protagonist drives the story.
-> They're the decision-maker, not a parcel to be carried around.
-> Stories are about the hero doing things, not just having things done to them.
4. Every scene has a purpose.
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Please read this list slowly and carefully, considering not only the individual prompt but ways to bend it. You'll get much more out of it. (Thinking about specific characters and/or listening to your book's theme music while you read may help.)
This list is designed mainly to give ideas for characterization-related scenes. If your issue is more along the lines of "I don't know where I'm going," then this may not be as helpful. While you can read this anyway, meditation and logic are usually the things that work best.
If this gives you an idea, write it down! It's a long list, so you don't want to risk forgetting anything.
Not all of these thoughts and ideas will apply to your story, but perhaps one can give you an idea! I encourage you to modify the ideas below to better fit your characters' unique situation. This is just meant to get the ideas flowing. Let's get started!
Two characters are stuck under a br
Writers Block and How to Kill ItWith NaNoWriMo coming up soon, I thought I'd finally spit out a writers block help guide. This can be used any time and for any blocks! Let's begin.More Like This
A lot of writers block cases come just from environment. For example, for a long time my computer was a desktop. Not very portable, right? Well, this meant that if I wanted to do any writing, I had to sit down in the same spot every time and write. I had to deal with the same environment, the same clutter, the same chair, the same sitting position, etc. This doesn't help! So consider your environment. (For suggestions that require moving elsewhere, use a laptop or a good old fashioned notebook with a pen or pencil)
Clean up your workspace. Organize it. Rearrange it. Make it different than last time you sat there.Light a candle or incense, or even freshen up your room with an air freshener. Go in another room. So
RESEARCH is your Best FriendMore Like This
RESEARCH is your Best Friend.
"...for bigger fictions (maybe 10-20 chapters, or more) for a big fan fiction or OC fiction, how much do you plan out?" -- Wanna Rite Reel Gud
How much do I plan out for one of my novels...?
-- I detail everything. Seriously. I believe in a Total Immersion style of writing. In other words, I want to know the world so well, I can simply step into the mind and skin of my main character and LIVE the story.
How do I do that...?
I start with a basic plot formula and extrapolate on certain points as needed.
Romance needs extra doses of lover's angst, Gothics need psychological breakdowns, Horrors need room for monster attacks, Sci-Fi's and Fantasies need moments of wonder... This gives me a rough plot outline to work from.
Next, I break down each of the Three Main Characters: Hero/Ally/Villain.
This is to make sure that they a
a few tips for OC design c:Recently, on dA, I've seen the most revolting OCs in the history of deviantART. From rainbow-colored puppies to inexplicably angsty and "edgy" wannabe emos (sometimes a combination of these two). So I decided to share a few of my own guidelines in OC design.More Like This
Just a disclaimer: this is all my own opinion, of course, and none of it is to be 100% accepted as fact. Everything is subjective. But I'll stand by my opinion unless a DAMN good counter-argument comes along.
Here's a bunch of tips that may be helpful in the creation and design process of an original character.
#1 - This goes without saying for many people, but those who make this mistake are equal in number: try not to make Mary Sues. A Mary Sue is a character which is overly based on its creator, often as an idealized avatar of sorts. While it's not inherently bad, and sometimes even a great idea to incorporate your own experiences into a character, it should not simply be an obvious, almost masturbatory alt. No one wants to watc
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Stages of a Fanboy/FangirlDISCOVERYMore Like This
This is the stage when you first discover the person or the fact that you're a fan. You may think he/she is awesome and just leave it at that. Sometimes, you might think they're "cute," but this doesn't always happen.
In this stage, you start to "explore" your person. You watch interviews, videos, listen to their music, read their stories, and read a bunch of articles and crap about them. No matter what you do, you can't get enough, even though you spent hours looking up EVERYTHING on this person. Most of the time, you might begin to feel attracted to this person, depending on who they are.
At this point, you're basically addicted to this person. All you do is think about them, read about them, watch them, listen to them, ect. They are the center of your universe.
You have now lost who you are, and you blame it on this perfect person. You are desparate to meet them, even if you don't show it. You hate their guts, but you also love them. You might