conf: characters

anonymous asked:

:( God I'm so embarressed to ask .. I've been struggling so hard for some reason to find a realistic excuse to have two main characters (m/f) that hate eachother work together (both are detectives) other than the usual cliché "yeah our boss said so" reason. Any advice??

(I’m joining this with another similar ask)   Hi! I’ve been trying for weeks now to find a reason to have two main characters, that are not really fond of each other, stuck together and it’s frustrating me because I can’t seem to come up with anything plausible or fun. I’ve never had this huge of a block before and I don’t know how to get unstuck.

Hey there! I’m not sure if it helps but I’ve got a few ideas:

-They could be the only two people qualified to deal with this particular issue

-They’re mutual friends of somebody and they don’t want their friend to be upset

-The task requires teams of two people and everybody else was taken

-One of them bet that the other couldn’t make it through the task with them and the other will not go down without a fight

-They had other options, but the other options were worse/scarier/lazy/etc. 

- They both lied about something, and now they have to stick together to keep it up

-One of them is new to the job/position/place/etc. and heard a rumor that the other is the hardest person to work with, so they’ve teamed up with them to prove themselves to everybody else

-Drawing names out of a hat of who to work with

Hope these give you some inspiration! Please let us know if we can help more!

-Dianne

She Remains

@plotsandpromptsforall (for character prompt)

Beauty stops,
Wisdom blooms.

Knowledge fades,
Experience remains.

Her dark hair
Tied in plaits.

Feather’s plucked from a crow,
Beads made by weathered hands.

Crow’s feet walk beside her eyes,
Magic drips from her tongue.

The stories she tells them
They will teach others.

She will pass
But her legend will remain.

~ from the mind of my alter-ego Sophia Sparks

hush-city  asked:

The age of main characters in my story has always been a bit of an issue. It's hard to write about anyone outside of teenagers and people in their early years of adulthood, since that's about where I am. For the sake of diversity I really want to write about characters who are outside that range. The problem is that I don't have the experience a full on adult would have, nor a keen enough memory to remember what it's like to be a kid.

Hey there! I understand how you feel about this, since I’ve been where you are. 

My advice may not be the quick, simple solution you maybe want to hear, but it’s honestly the thing that I’ve found works best. And that is to talk to those age groups. 

Kids have such a unique perspective on life and everything in it. I worked with kids for a while and getting to talk to them is always amusing. You can never predict what they’re going to say or how they’re going to say it. 

Honestly adults are all alike. Older adults are just like us younger adults, except that their responsibilities are more expensive and they have more money for coffee. Sometimes they have kids with them, but that’s technically an expensive responsibility. 

There’s no easy trick to teach you to write them better, you just have to talk to enough of them. When you do this, you’re able to write in those quirks that we tend to associate with each age group. Those quirks will in turn help you write those groups more naturally. 

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you need more help! Good luck!

-Dianne

Here’s a drawing of what Brennah looked like before she met Adam. This was during the early days when Nevaeh was developed and built. Brennah was rather cold, blunt, serious and a little mean back then. Brennah had /a lot/ on her plate at this time. She was still working on finishing up school and at the same time building a kingdom, and keeping an eye on her brother, until he did something unforgivable. She had to banish him from Nevaeh then. She managed a team of workers and designed the kingdom herself. She got pregnant with Ayil when the kingdom was almost finished.
Hospitals weren’t finished being built yet, so Brennah gave birth to Ayil at her home that was finished being built.

meet-the-girl-who-can  asked:

Hi! My story features a plotline where classical monsters such as Medusa etc are given redemption and by the end of the story are viewed as equals to the rest of the supernatural community (witches, elves the whole shebang) However apart from the monsters facing prejudice throughout the story I want to create creatures without redemption that have no morality like dementors and would be grateful for any tips on inspiration/ world structuring? THANK YOU

Hi there! 

So from what you’ve said, it seems that your biggest issue is portraying the difference between the misunderstood characters and the true monsters. It seems like you have a good handle on the misunderstood characters, so I’ll focus on the rest. 

I think the best way to make characters who deserve no sympathy is to give them multiple opportunities for sympathy and redemption only for them to turn away from it every time. Have your characters give them every opportunity, every chance to explain their actions, look for every reason why they didn’t mean to do what they do…only for their to be no reason. 

For example, take the Beast from Beauty and the Beast (Disney version since most all of us know it). He was a class-A jerk who had everything anybody could ever want. But he turned a woman away because she couldn’t pay him and she wasn’t young or beautiful. As a result, she cursed him to look the way he was on the inside. When we meet him in the story he’s brash, angry, and frightening. However, when given opportunities to show his good side, he does. And when given opportunities to show his dark side, he doesn’t. That creates sympathy with the audience. We can see that he’s not as bad as he seems, and that his circumstances have made him regret his decisions and that while he takes it out on others, he’s angry at himself. While not perfect, he has enough good qualities for us and Belle to give him a second chance. And he takes it.

Then there’s Gaston. He was also a class-A jerk. He had everything: fame, wealth (you need to afford a hunting lodge before you can decorate it with antlers), a good reputation with the town, women, fans, etc. He could have been Prince Charming. But he was filled with greed, and wanted everything and that included Belle. She saw past his exterior and turned him down. And he got angry. So he trashed her family’s reputation, threw her father in an asylum, and then set out to kill her closest friend. But even Gaston was given another chance. The Beast didn’t kill him, but instead spared him and gave him the option to live the rest of his life in peace. But Gaston didn’t think that was enough. He couldn’t see past what he wanted and what stood in his way. And it ended up costing him everything. 

One of my favorite Disney quotes is actually something to keep in mind when differentiating these two types of characters. “Who is the monster and who is the man?” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame is all about understanding the difference between those who’ve been dealt a bad hand versus those who are truly bad. 

Your story reminded me of a comic series (with a video game spin-off) that I absolutely adored for this reason. The series is called Fables (game is Wolf Among Us), and it has a similar premise, so I’m recommend that you check that out for some ideas!

Hope that helps give you some ideas. Please let us know if you would like additional assistance!

-Dianne

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Bucky finds Steve, who’s in hiding after he abandons his Captain America identity.

Well, technically it was Hawkeye who influenced Steve’s decision to become Nomad. But we can dream that a lil nudge came from elsewhere too ;D. ♫ The Power of Luuurrvee ♫