Imagine your favorite character hugging you dearly when you’re sad as you rest your head on them. You look up at them to wipe your tears away and say “No matter how difficult things get, I want you to know that I will be here to help and support you!”
Garroth rewrite??? We can fix him. we have the technology
Since Garte and Ziana are divorced in the rewrite, Ziana was tight on fiances. Garroth and Zane, being the oldest, we’re working as soon as they could. I’m not sure if the ages differences are confirmed in canon, but in my version Garroth is two years older than Zane, and Zane is five years older than Vylad. Garroth, having had to struggles to survive financially, is much more humbled and not so carefree. He is selfless to a fault, and constantly prioritizes helping his friends over himself. He is good friends with Gene, and they have a good bond over their similar childhoods. He is also much closer to Zane, and Zane feels he is one of the very few people he truly trusts. His friendship with Aphmau is very important to him, and he did have romantic feelings for her in high school, but he let them pass to avoid ruining their relationship. He neglects his selfcare, and gets sick easily, but living with friends helps him take care of himself. He works as a dance teacher, and is saving up to buy his own studio someday. In his childhood, he missed school often, and Vylad would make time to learn his level material so he can teach him, and Vylad ended up being a very advanced student because of it.
A mood board is a collage of images, text, colors, or materials. that are used to “to evoke or project a particular style or concept”. Basically, it helps set the “mood” for whatever you are working on. Mood boards are often used by interior decorators and artists but can also be used for writing. I love creating mood boards for each of my characters. It helps me get a a feel for the character I am writing. For example, one of my characters is an elven swordswoman. For her mood board I used images of trees, flowers, decorative swords, and artwork of elves. It really helps when I’m trying to write from her perspective.
To create a mood board, simply find images or text that remind you of your OC. I use google images or even pinterest to find images. Its easy and fun.
2. Take Quizzes for Your Characters
Okay, this may seem a little silly but it totally works. Take a quiz from your characters point of view. Select the answers you think your character would select. I personally like doing this with personality quizzes such as the Myers Briggs tests because I can use the results as a foundation for my characters personality. It’s fun, effective, and actually productive.
3. Create Playlists
I listen to music a lot because it gets my creative juices flowing. So, if I find myself stuck on a particular character, I make a playlist of songs that remind me of that character. I actually like doing this before I start working on a character so I can listen to it while working on them. It sets the mood and gives you better results. Give it a try.
4. Study Some of Your Favorite Characters
Sit down, take out a notebook, and start taking notes on some of your favorite characters from literature, TV, or movies. What made you attracted to this character? What made you hate this character? What is your favorite thing about this character? Answering these questions will help see why you feel that way towards your favorite or least favorite fictional characters. Use your notes as a guideline on how to make readers either hate or love your OCs.
5. People Watch
Yeah, this sounds creepy but it is very effective. Go to the park, take a walk, or simply sit at the window and observe the people you see. Take notes on the little things that they do. Do they walk a certain way? Do they stand up straight or do they slouch? What quirks do they have? Do they drum their fingers while sitting? Do they tap their foot while waiting in line? Write down what you observe and you can apply the results to your characters. It will give your original characters a more realistic touch.
Ever not know how to give your characters depth without going too far or not far enough? I’ve made a list of fifty character tropes, some you hopefully haven’t seen before, to try and help. Adding them to any character would immediately spice up how the reader sees them and is sure to make your characters more interesting. So here we go!
“The Whole Plot Happens to Them by Accident so they Learn on the Way”
“The Predestined Hero”
“The Unwilling but Wanting to Do Good”
“Retired Hero Back in Action”
“The Volunteer for the Big Journey”
“The Average Kid Turned Protagonist”
“The Sarcastic Best Friend”
“The Willful ‘Little Sibling’” (Note: does not actually have to be a little sibling)
“The So-Selfless-They’re-Reckless Type”
“The Learned-From-Bad-Experiences Mentor”
“Takes Out Conflicts on Others Type”
“Takes Out Conflicts on Others Type, but they feel guilty later”
“The Unnatural Leader”
“The ‘It’s Never Enough’ Perfectionist”
“Expresses Emotions with Actions Type”
“The Trying-To-Keep-Up Type” (Note: Usually used when a character has self-doubts about abilities while in a talented group of people)
“The (usually not listened to) Voice of Reason”
“The More-Than-Meets-the-Eye Type” (Note: Usually used with a character thought to be superficial)
“The New-to-the-World Type”
“The Philosophical Thinker”
“The Worried Caregiver”
“The Overbearing Guardian Figure”
“The Tyrannical Zealot”
“Connects More with Nature/Machines Type”
“The Connections Maker” (Note: Usually used in large city settings with black market/illegal dealings)
“The Calming Presense”
“21st Century Tech-Savvy Mogul”
“The Narcissistic Anti-Villain”
“The Arms Dealer”
“The Traveler” (Note: Usually used with characters who make big impacts in peoples’ lives but only for a brief time before leaving) 36!!!
“The On-Top-of-Everything Assistant”
“The ‘At the Top but is Miserable’ Type”
“The Moralistic Murderer/Assassin/Warrior”
“The Angry Parent” (Note: Usually used in a positive way with parents who would fight to the death for their kids)
“The All-Bark-No-Bite Type”
“The Sassy ‘You need me, I don’t need you’ Type” (Note: Usually used with a character the protagonist comes to for help)
“The Bullied Genius”
“The Questionable Scientist”
“The Doomed-from-the-Start Type”
“The Conspiracy Theorist”
“The International Person-of-Interest”
“The Pop Culture Know-it-All”
“The Smiles-in-the-Face-of-Death Type”
Aaaaand, we’re done! Those were fifty character archetypes you might not have thought of before to liven up your characters! Be sure to mix and match or use some traditionally protagonist types for your villain, as well. Good luck, and happy writing!
Do you have any tips about writing from the point of view of a manipulative character? I don’t want him to be an asshole but i am afraid the readers would see him as such.
The large majority of the characters in The Warlord’s Contract are morally grey in one way or another, with one in particular being rather manipulative, and I’ve found that the same basic principles and tricks apply to them all, no matter which negative “asshole” attributes they exhibit.
1. Why do they do what they do?
Readers will forgive most morally gray actions if they feel the character has a good reason for it. This reason can be anything number of things, often compounded. These include, but are not limited to:
The character’s goal is worth the sins they commit in the process.
Their past has conditioned them to do what they do.
They believe that they (or someone else) will suffer if they don’t.
They believe everyone else is already doing the same and they’re evening the playing field.
They believe their actions will benefit others in the long run.
They’re convinced they’ll be hurt if they don’t do it.
The reason(s) you character has do doing what they do should also make sense within the context of the story itself. Thematically, it should match or mirror other cause and effect situations you’re presenting, and it should fit (and often intertwine) with the character’s backstory and personality.
Writing Characters that Slowly Descend Into Madness
Okay y'all this is one of my absolute favorite tropes / character arcs / whatever you want to call it. I’ve written at least two characters that end up twisted and deranged… While it’s fun to do, it can be a little difficult to nail down, so I thought I’d share some tips!
From Avatar the Last Airbender’s Azula to Gollum, characters often think that they can handle the Ultimate Power™ when they really can’t. These corrupted characters and their character arcs can be tricky to write, so here’s some pointers!
The character to be corrupted should have a one track mind. Your character needs to have a goal in mind, one that (at least in their eyes) requires the Ultimate Power™. This goal can be as simple as world domination, or as complex as “I need to get revenge on this specific person in this specific manner, or else I won’t be satisfied.” It’s up to you, but you need to make sure that your character’s every action revolves around this central goal.
Or, if your character has two motivations, like reconciling themselves to their family while simultaneously saving the world, make sure they can only do one of them! This will cause lots of conflict and it will be great..
Get used to writing internal conflict. In one of my novels, the main character has the power to clean the world’s water supplies, but her friends disapprove for…complicated reasons. She has something of a mental breakdown, wondering if she should be doing what she is. Internal conflict is a great way to show your character being pulled in two different directions; after all, tearing our characters apart is the name of the game.
Make sure your character thinks that they are using their Ultimate Power for good. Even if they’re not. Especially if they’re not. When you can follow a villain’s logic and understand why they are doing the horrific things they are, they become that much creepier.
The Ultimate Power must be so attractive that your character can’t help but use it. The only way your character can be corrupted by power is if they use this power. Therefore, they must use it often. Whether this be a superpower, power that comes from the crown on their head, or dark magic, make sure your reader gets plentiful helpings of seeing the character use it.
Don’t be afraid to take it slow. Characters descend into madness, they don’t plummet into it. Let your character spiral slowly downwards, let them saunter casually into their twisted ways of thinking.
If they can’t be redeemed, they should probably die. Characters that have gone power mad really only have two options: redemption or death. Sometimes your character can pull out of their downward spiral and recognize their mistakes. This may lead to them siding with the very people they had been against, like Magneto teaming up with Prof X to fight a Bigger Baddie. Or they could just admit their mistakes and go on their way, like Mystique occasionally does.
But if you can’t find a way to redeem your character (or don’t want to), then you should probably consider killing them off. Characters mad with Ultimate Power™ are usually unsustainable, and will usually self destruct at some point.
A character who descends into their madness and power-craziness and has a descent that is really well written can be super engaging. They are, at least, my personal favorite to write and read about. Have fun, and happy writing!
So you have a set of characters ready for the curtain to rise and the story to begin. But how do they get along with each other? Do they even get along at all?
Character relationships are REALLY hard to do. But character webs have helped me keep track of how everybody relates to one another. They’re a way to visually connect characters to help you remember what they think of each other.
They end up looking something like this:
And honestly? They’re just as cool as they look. Let’s go through a quick rundown of how they work.
Any tips on writing a completely platonic friendship between a boy and a girl?
How To: Write Platonic Friendships
I can actually help with this! One of my best friends growing up was a boy so I’d like to think that I have some real-life experience that can help with this :) These are just some quick-fire tips that I think would help.
1. Set Boundaries
So, you’ve got your characters, brilliant. Now, all you’ve got to do is write their friendship. But, before you can even set that pen on that paper, you have to consider boundaries. It’s important that you are aware of the fact that personal boundaries between boys and girls are different from same-sex friendships.
Of course, personal boundaries are important in any friendship. However, it’s keen that you keep in mind that personal boundaries change depending on the characters’ personality. When I was growing up, me and my male friend hardly ever touched. We hugged as a hello and would occasionally punch each other but other than that, there was little to no contact. Keep in mind that we’ve known each other since we were five; so, no, knowing someone for ages (even if they’re the same sex) does not automatically result in being comfortable touching each other.
This doesn’t mean that touchy-feely relationships are frowned upon or in fact discouraged, but be careful when approaching them as they can be misinterpreted as romantic signals by your readers. This means to try and avoid the following:
slow/explicitly described descriptions of contact
any hints of sexual tension
Of course, if you want to include some sort of underlying crush in your friendship, then please; do some of the above! They’re the easiest ways to convey to your reader that there’s much more than friendship going on with your characters.
Setting boundaries also include conversation topics. I won’t go into this in too much detail as it’s pretty simple once you get the gist of it. If they’re members of the opposite sex, it’s extremely unlikely that they’ll share explicit details of their hygienic habits. I know this is a bit of a weird point to make, but I have seen it done before and for me, it just didn’t really work. Considering that they do not share the same organs/bodily experiences, as understanding as this friend may be, it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to relate to the same level as that person. This doesn’t mean avoid it entirely, just try and keep this in mind as you’re writing about this because whilst you may be able to relate to one of your characters’ situations, a character of the opposite sex may not have the same reaction due to a lack of personal experience.
Setting boundaries doesn’t only let your reader know what they’re in for, but it helps you know what would be deemed normal in this friendship and what could be crossing the line into a potentially romantic relationship.
2. Surrounding Opinions
Your characters will almost certainly experience some stigmatisation from their friendship with the other character. Perhaps more obvious and stereotypical if it’s between a boy and a girl, but with all friendships. If a friendship is formed that isn’t normally expected in a society which would normally be considered a romantic one, they’ll certainly receive some criticism or strange looks over that.
These surrounding opinions are key, as the reaction with each of your characters will be a clear sign as to whether there is any possibility of a romantic relationship between your characters. I’ll give you two examples (each within the same scenario) but with two different responses. Keep in mind that these examples are extremely exaggerated.
“So, you two are dating?” “Dating?!” Person A blurted, their face immediately flushing red at the very thought of any romantic relationship with Person B, “No, it’s not like that at all! We’re just friends — Just friends.”
Person A didn’t dare to look over at Person B, in fear of a few seconds of prolonged awkward eyecontact. Person B, however, had no intention of looking at Person A. Instead, they simply looked down at their feet in shame; scared to look up as to give away any indication of their true feelings. They scuffed their feet at the pavement, biting their lip as the temperature of their face began to rise. Person A turned their head away in shame, frustrated that someone would even bring up such a concept just to complicate matters further.
I hope it was obvious in this example, but I used several techniques in this paragraph to display secretive feelings between the two characters. Now, I’m going to look at this paragraph in a very analytical point of view. Of course, your readers would not analyse the language in this much detail but by simply using the wrong description of body language can result in misconceptions of your character’s friendships.
The sudden response from Person A shows that the character had already been considering the possibility. If the character had never come across this topic before, there would perhaps be a prolonged silence or a moment of awkward eye contact between the two characters before Person A would respond. Person A continues to speak at a rapid pace, rambling and jumbling their sentences together; clearly keen to reinforce how absurd the idea was. Person A’s obvious need to display how the idea would be strange and ludicrous reflects on their own fear of their true feelings being revealed. Person B displays evident embarrassed and mischevious behaviour, to a reader it may appear that Person B has also considered the possibility of a friendship. I’m not gonna prattle on about this any longer, but I just wanted to make it clear that any incorrect body language can give the readers the completely wrong idea.
Here’s another example:
“So, you two are dating?”
A moment of shocked silence fell between them. Person A scrunched up their nose in disgust. Person B blinked slowly. Simultaneously, Person A and Person B turned to each other and threw their heads back laughing.
“You — You seriously think that we’d — we’d ever date?” Person A said, wiping tears from their eyes. Meanwhile, Person B held their stomach in disbelief at such a prospect. After the two had caught their breath, Person A shook their head.
“Gosh. That’s hilarious.” Person B commented, and cleared their throat, “Anyway, on to more realistic things.”
Again, I’ve overexaggerated. But, the fact that a moment of silence fell between them shows that each of them was shocked by the question. I’ve reinforced how absurd Person A and Person B thought the idea was to, first of all, make eye contact and then laugh. Whilst a non-platonic friendship would avoid eye contact in fear of any awkwardness between them, the two shared eye contact to show how they both immediately dismissed the idea.
It’s important that approached with the question of dating that your characters have the appropriate reaction so as to not mislead your readers. This will allow your readers to focus on the solidity of your characters’ friendships rather than the possibility of a romantic relationship.
3. Friendship Flaws
To show the solidity of their friendship, it’d be a good idea to discuss flaws in their friendship. This may only be relevant to newly formed friendships, but it can still be applied to long-term platonic relationships.
During a new relationship in fiction, there is a time where the flaws in each other’s personalities go ignored. The two characters are blinded by their infatuation so it would be normal for the small annoying habits to be forgotten. It’s common that when two characters meet; they’re likely to not notice their flaws straight away — especially if there is no romantic or sexual attraction between them.
In fact, your characters may even begin hating each other; however, if you take this approach you’ve got to keep the competitive strictly friendly and platonic. This avoids any confusion that your readers may have about their relationship.
I hope this helps!
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Realism in Fiction - A List Of Little Details To Make Your Character Realistic
Here’s a list of usually common mannerisms and traits that you can use for a more realistic, relatable character.
Lip-biting. Not others’, their own.
Sweats a lot.
Doesn’t shave their arms.
Keeps adjusting their nose pin. If they have one.
Rubs their eyes.
Never ties their shoelaces.
Bounce their legs.
Laughs a little in the middle of whatever they’re speaking, even if it isn’t a joke.
Write to-do list on hands.
Associates everyone with a scent. Even when they’re not a wolf.
Can’t hold chopsticks.
Always pull up their legs when they sit.
Check their earrings to see if they haven’t lost one.
Tilts the water bottle after screwing the cap to see if it isn’t leaking.
Gets paranoid whenever the door bell rings.
Avoid talking to people over phone.
Checks messages but forgets to reply for days.
Keep guessing the reason if someone else did the above thing to them.
Hates to cuddle.
Applies deodorant before going to sleep.
Removes bra as soon as they reach home. Their own or someone else’s as long as it’s consensual.
Have double joints in fingers.
Have six fingers.
Has to watch TV while eating.
Never reaches on time.
Frequently lose their phone.
Doesn’t like Star Wars.
And that’s it! Of course, there are so many more that can be added to this list but it all narrows down to whatever you find in people around you. Get inspired from real humans and create fictional characters.
I just finished the first draft of a novel I’ve been working on diligently for many months, and while I was editing I found that two of my characters, both whom I love with all of my heart, were oddly alike. Both of them were snarky, conceited, good in combat, and loyal to a fault, which also made me pick out a few cliches.
Editing characters so late in the game has proven to be absolute torture, so here are some ways to tell if your characters are too similar, so you can pick it up early on so that it’s not hell for you to change it when your manuscript is finished.
First off, I just want to tell you that these are my personal ways that I’ve come up with to decide if characters are more similar than the writer would like, and in no way am I demanding for you to change your characters to be more different if you find that they are, indeed, similar.
1. Make a list of their personality traits
This one is an easy one to do right off the bat. It’s very simple, and if you think that two or more of your characters seem to be copies of each other, just make a list of their traits and abilities. If you find that all of your characters prefer/use knives, change it up a bit and have a character have a whip instead, or maybe throwing stars.
This is for general, overall traits, and this method has a few faults when it comes to the depth of characters.
*****There are different levels of certain traits.*****
For example, your character can be creeped out about spiders. This could either be just a slight annoyance, or the fear absolutely cripples them, making them useless in combat against spider beasts.
Another example is if your character is selfish. Are they selfish in the way that they don’t like to share food or weapons, or are they selfish in the way that they will desert their friends in the heat of battle just to save their own skin?
That’s why you shouldn’t immediately assume your characters are too similar just from this one list that you make!
2. Create a situation and have all of your characters react to it
If you really want to know if your characters are too similar, you’ll have to start going into depth. Now, as a fiction writer you probably enjoy making up scenarios, and for this task you have to have your characters to react to something. PREFERABLY NOT A SCENARIO FROM YOUR ACTUAL NOVEL/STORY
You don’t even have to write it down. Just think about it.
Here are some things you can wonder about your characters:
- What would they do if they were locked in a doorless room that had only one window, which was blocked by bars, with all their weapons taken except a butter knife? There are guards outside the window, and one of them has a weapon that looks sharp enough to cut away the bars.
- What would they do if they were about to be tossed into a pit of snakes?
- What would they do if they were knocked out and woke up locked into a coffin, buried alive?
-What would they do if they set out on a risky mission and all of their crew died except for them?
-If they could only save one, who would they save: their mother, their lover, or their best friend?
3. Write out a dialogue between the characters who you think are too similar
Write out a complete dialogue between all of the characters who you think are too similar, and have them maybe reacting to one of the situations listed above. It should be elaborate, complete with the actions that they do in between or during the actual speaking. Then, when you’re done, take away the names in the speech tags, adding person 1, person 2, person 3, etc. or maybe take away the speech tags altogether
Read it again and think of which characters would say what. If two characters are able to read from almost the same lines (lets say both Jimmy and Billy Bob can read from Person #2′s dialogue) then you might have a problem.
I can’t give you an example because only you know your characters’ personalities and what they would say, just like only I know what my characters would say, but I found that this one was the selling point for me in deciding that one of these characters has to be changed up.
hi there, petals !! because i’ve seen quite some of the same labels used recently i decided to make a little masterlist with some of my favorite labels. so, below the cut you will find FORTY-FOUR rather UNIQUE LABELS for your character. i hope this list might help you out when shaping your muse, dear. if you ever were to have any questions about them, or any label for that matter, don’t hesitate to send me a message !! lots of love, xoxo
Hi! Do you know some good psds/templates/picspam etc for making mock blogs for extra part of character audition? Thanks
So I’ve never done a mock blog before, or ever made external things for an audition before, so I don’t have any go-to things that I already know of off the top of my head. So I instead just started thinking about what I’d do if I were to make extra things, and here is just basically a dump of templates/insp ideas that I’d probably take a look at/consider using.
Those are just some of the stuff I’ve come across. If you’re in the need for more inspiration, I know most of the rps where people are actively making graphics and whatnot for their auditions usually have some sort of inspo tag that the rpers can put their creations in. So if the rp you’re interested in does have a tag like that, I’d check that tag out if I were in need for some inspo.
And on a sidenote, I also have this tag on my multifandom that I put pretty/nice gifs and edits under to look back on whenever I want to make something or need some inspo, so if you’re like, desperate for inspo, you can also check out my tag there. Most of the examples for the inspo part are posts that I have in that tag. Anyways, I hope you found this helpful, lovely!