pick a character and make them ramble about their favorite thing
make up a fable, pretend it’s as famous as the Grimm fairytales. how does this fable affect the world and what would people reference from it? (i love this one because it can be as crazy and silly as you want)
make a commercial for something that really shouldn’t be sold at all. try to convince people to buy it.
ACRONYMS. but, like, try to have it make sense
make a poem about your story/something in your story
rewrite a classic but put your own twist on it
make up a detailed recipe
make a monologue with a plot twist or punchline in the end
create a ridiculously detailed timeline for a character
childhood memory (real one or make it up!)
improv rap lyrics
the story behind an inside joke
make up a mythical creature
pretend to be a commentary youtuber and pick a topic
the what if? pick a story and create an alternate ending to it
pick one scenario and several characters. how different are the reactions based on their personalities?
Characteristics to make your OC more original without the classic “red hair, pale skin, different coloured eyes”
One toe/finger missing or adding one
Scars! Give them memories
Body mods - even though it sounds pretentious, it’s seldomly used bc of that reason. Give them piercings, gauges, tattoos, implants etc etc
Make them LGBT+. Not to make them “special” but to make them normal. Not everyone is cishet on this planet, make your story a realistic mirror of reality.
A small illness that shows at inconvenient times. Anaemia, a slightly crooked spine, you name it.
Naturally dark undereyes
Crooked/yellow teeth - it’s natural for some people no matter how much they brush em. Also healthcare isn’t affordable everywhere
Instead of a resting bitch face - a resting sad face. Or thinking face. “Wow, what are you thinking about?” “Uh.. that my lucky charms this morning may have already expired last week.”
Knowledge about really weird things! Architecture in the 20th century, the army, submarines, contemporary art
Little habits: chasing pigeons, greeting the news reporter back when he says “good evening” (these are more for younger characters), having to scratch the other side of their face if theyve scratched one side already