How to create an believable Original Character? :
edited 10th Sep '10 6:37:50 PM by ladycoffee
- Distance yourself from your character. Your character must be your tool, not your bestest friend or your ideal lover or whatever. If it would really make you lose sleep if you wrote your character suddenly being struck by lightning out of the blue and dying you are becoming too emotionally invested in your character.
- Don't make your character break the rules of the setting. However the setting is supposed to work, your character must abide by it. This includes any Magic A is Magic A rules.
- Don't make everyone automatically like or hate your character; think about the other characters and their motivations and personalities, and go from there. No character is special enough that other people's personalities should be put on hold for them.
- The world should not stop for your character. There's an entire world of people out there, who have their own lives, hopes, and dreams. Make sure that your character doesn't have to be involved in every single thing that happens in the universe.
- Go easy on the metaphors. Your character has green eyes, not sparkling gems of perfectly cut emerald mounted in limpid orbs.
- Before writing a sex scene, ask yourself if this story really needs a sex scene. Obviously if you're writing PWP, this is a nonissue, but you don't have to establish every romantic relationship with graphic sex.
- Depressed or upset characters tend to withdraw rather than pour their tortured hearts out at the slightest opportunity. A character who is depressed will likely go out of his/her way to avoid talking about it, especially a male character.
- Not only should characters not be perfect, but a good character doing bad things should have realistic consequences. What the Hell, Hero? should be invoked much more often than it is.
edited 23rd Oct '10 9:47:21 PM by WoolieWool
edited 23rd Oct '10 11:04:05 PM by SilentReverence
You need to Get Known to get one of those.