i have a lot of feels about this character

Do you know what the best thing about Shadowhunters is? It’s that we get to see Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood slowly fall in love with each other. People don’t realise how beautiful that is, we get to see a gay man accept his sexuality and a bisexual character of colour embrace every aspect of himself and feel unashamed. We get to see them lock eyes for the first time, and unlike the usual tv tropes it’s slow and easy with how real it is. It’s so good to see it be portrayed in such a dynamic that allows us to see the cute-meet, the angst pour out, the obstacles they face, the communication which lacks in so many other stories told on tv, we get to see that first time, that first kiss, the first I love yous, the first fight and argument, the first make up after the argument, and we have so much to look forward to. It’s so gently and leisurely that I honestly feel so blessed to be watching it. 

OSF AU - All the Little Children (1/?)

Fū and certain other characters don’t get a whole lot of spotlight in OSF proper, so here’s an AU of an AU and at this point I almost feel like referencing Inception.


Part 1: In which a fairy saves a small child, bugs have families, and everyone is lost. (Takes place ten years prior to the start of One Piece.)

Fū sighed. “Chōmei? Chōmei, you can stop laughing any time now.”

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anonymous asked:

Jessie, I know you really don't like him so your response will probably be long (yes I'd like to hear the ranting part too), but why don't you like Frank Miller?

imagine every trait people dont like about Middle Aged White Men and then imagine them all in one horrific conglomerate, the Ultra Middle Aged White Man. then say that in front of a mirror 3 times and frank miller himself will appear in your bathroom to tell you that fedoras really are a classic staple of men’s style and that all women are whores 

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anonymous asked:

Hey! I find myself not making my characters develop and not being able to come up with a plot and stuff. Like I can't write characters good at all, and plotting and planning a story is a struggle. Any help?


For characterization: this post and this post should help. Also, @thecharactercomma should have a lot of helpful posts.

For developing a plot: this post describes the general anatomy of a story, this post helps outline a plot, and this post  is about subplots, which are smaller, shorter-spanned conflicts. This post is about plot twists, and in conjunction, this one is about foreshadowing.

Above all, practice makes perfect.

Those links should help a lot! If you need anything else, please feel free to ask. - @authors-haven

Hey, check out what one of my coworkers from Osaka picked up for me! :> I haven’t done one of these flippy videos in a while so thought I’d share a bit. As usual, Kyuugou’s doujinshi is gorgeous. She has a real knack for capturing the characters. I recently finished up season 1 of Ace of Diamond so now I feel like I understand the story of this a bit more. I have a lot of feelings about my baseball sons.

okay so first of all thank you @happyscngs because you tagging me in your thing reminded me that i have to do this thing. so yeah. theres that. this is gonnna be awkward and weird bc i haven’t made one of these in so long and idk how to show emotion and gratitude with out being kinda weird. 

so also, to begin with, for the first time in like four years, i feel like i have group of people that i’m really compatible with writing and i enjoy all of my plots. i’ve found people that don’t drag me into drama or try and steal my characters (yes its been almost two years but i’m still salty about it). so yeah, you guys are the best.

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Im thinking about Eren and I just started crying?

He really is absolutely everything to me. Just thinking about him and having him be there is a massive fucking comfort to me? Thinking about him calms me down so much and helps me feel a lot more normal and rational as a person since I relate to him so strongly. If I didn’t know about him, I’m sure I wouldn’t have even half of the strength to do things that I have right now. Just thinking about him helps me go out and do things that I normally wouldn’t ever be able to do.

I just really fucking love Eren, he’s my entire world, and it may be melodramatic to say a character changed my life but he’s really​ changed my life for the better, I don’t know where I’d be without him but it wouldn’t be good.

He’s such a wonderful, complex and strong character. He takes things head on and despite all of the shit he’s been through he still manages to pick himself back up again, and it hurts my heart when people try and reduce him to nothing but anger, or they call him pathetic or annoying, because he really is the most amazing character I have ever seen. He’s so fucking human and relatable to me, and the thought of him being sad makes me so geniunely upset.

Eren never gets the appreciation he deserves. Not ever. He gets slapped next to somebody elses fave for shipping purposes but never appreciated as a character in his own right.

Eren is so loyal. He’s a determined person who got to where he is now through pure willpower and an intense strive for freedom. He’s an emotional character who reacts to situations in a way that relates to me so fucking strongly. He is selfless and tries to protect others over himself, and would much rather save somebody else than preserve himself. He has suicidal feelings and he harms himself and still he manages to try to live up to everybody’s expectations of him. All he wants is to be able to believe in himself. That’s all.

Eren is such a beautiful and complex character who gets shit for doing anything at all by this fandom and I think he’s so fucking wonderful. He’s everything to me. Absolutely everything. I love him so much.

anonymous asked:

20 / 31 / 49

20. favorite character to write

HARRY because it’s very easy to make him a little bit ridiculous and that’s a lot of fun :P plus something about him seems to fit well with my writing style. I have a Problem with endlessly long and moderately flowery sentences, and that feels like it works better with him than say Eggsy. I don’t know why. Also I love writing fight scenes and he is the bessst character in the world for that. And ages ago when bottom!Harry was much more rare than it is now I got some very angry flames from people who wanted me to know how wrong I was to have written him like that, and now I deliberately write him like that in everything because spite is my favourite motivator.

31. easiest part of writing

Dialogue, I think? I find it very easy to talk in characters’ voices, less easy to make all the in between stuff sound as natural. I was head of the Shakespeare company at school and acted in and wrote a lot of plays back then, so I think that might have something to do with being able to get in the right sort of headspace to channel someone else’s voice. Years of RPGs on LJ must have helped as well.

49. writing advice

I totally don’t feel qualified to advise anyone on anything, but this is what works for me: write whatever you want however you want and people will probably enjoy it because enthusiasm is infectious. I think you can tell as a reader when an author really loves what they’re doing, it always shows so clearly in the story.

Also please for the love of god don’t write accents phonetically. Everybody knows what these people sound like, so just give readers the dialogue and they can fill the voices in for themselves. Writing accents out like Hagrid’s slows everything down, it’s incredibly clunky to read. And at no point anywhere in the film did Merlin ever say aye, ye, wee, or sassenach. Stop it.

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( a petrael love rant post / also sort of my personal headcanons for them since canon is inconsistent and shady that no one asked for, because i’m in a very extra mood and i have a lot of feelings that need to be said. )

petra about rafael :   ❛ i already know who i’m meant to be with.
me :   wails from a distance,  s a m e  petra.

since i’m tired of jtv painting petrael as having always been a destructive couple and i’m just sitting here thinking literally zero of the flashbacks suggest they were unhappy or that they brought out the worst in each other like when they started dating  &&  during the first few years of their marriage : ( i ) petra being a supportive pregnant crocheting wifey when rafael talks about investing in the beach  ( ii ) petra being a sweet romantic hormonal cute and raf taking the biggest bite from that purple cupcake  ( iii ) being total happy engaged goofs at the beach like listen, have you ever seen petra laugh that hard anywhere else ?  with anyone else ? i’ll give you a clue the answer is no. they were genuine happy bears who were absolutely in love and  did not  bring out the worst in each other like the finale is trying to suggest. ( also rafael looks pretty happy in these scenes too so.. )

i genuinely think it was the external circumstances around them in early season one in particular caused them to do hurtful things, not because they aren’t capable of being a functional couple because i do think they are. i think overall, they were young and still had a lot to work on as well, in terms of maturity, in terms of how to trust and handle being in a relationship especially given their own separate backgrounds that didn’t exactly give the healthiest foundations ( lbr they both had the worst parents ). and they also kind of really sucked at communication. and that’s why their relationship fell against everything they had to go through. they’re not perfect, far from it. but season two and three shows how supportive and protective they can be of each other ( and i think it’s a glimpse of how they were when they first started out ). we also see them communicating more and being honest, and being understanding and being there for the other multiple times. i also really like the fact that petra and raf can bluntly call each other out when they see something the other is doing wrong tbh. idk, it might not work for everyone but it kind of does for them, and in a less conventional way it sort of helps the other to be better too. 

2.04  raf at petra after they talk things through : ❛ you are smart and tenacious, and you deserve someone that’ll really make you happy. ❜
2.08  after petra tells him the truth about everything ( communication !! ) : ❛ do you hate me? ❜ ❛ no. if anything, i think i finally understand you and everything that’s been going on. so let’s get your mother out of your life. ❜
2.09  raf actually going through with what he said in 2.08 and helping petra with the murder case and being a supportive snowflake, also giving her the hug she so needed after all the cray + raf telling petra she’s not a bad person.
2.10  petrael being total cuties after raf finally understood why petra was being cranky about all the nurses + picking names and petra telling raf he’s a good person. 
2.11  raf telling petra he fell in love with her because she was the kind of person who would save $743 on fish fillets ( does that sound like bringing out the worst in each other, lol honestly wtf jennie u high )
2.15  raf being an angel bear and trying to help petra bond with the twins.
2.21  petra wanting to protect raf and being all like, i have no ulterior motive ! im doing this bcause i love you ! oops. … as the father of my children. as my family. dragon petra i see u.
2.22  petra being a total carebear and asking raf how he’s doing re : his mom stuff
3.09  raf finally understands how badly being petrafied affected petra, comforted her until she fell asleep + talked her into going to therapy :)
3.10  raf helping petra out with the twins after she broke down the last ep because of all her worries about them and petra in the end supporting raf in doing the right thing aka turning himself in. 
3.11-3.13  a bunch of petrael being cute supportive friends
3.14  raf thinks petra is a fierce dragon mama bear and protects people
3.16  raf is rightfully concerned for petra about anezka coming back in town 
3.17  petra didnt want to tell raf about her illegal stuff bc she didnt want raf to lie for her because he’s on parole
3.18  raf is concerned about petra after the whole chuck/jp thing happened

i understand that their relationship has had HUGE bumps along the way and they do still have their struggles now, and they prob will have some more along the way but excuse me because that petrael fairytale recap in 3.19 was the shadiest way to bring down my precious cuties because rafael and petra are and have always been SO much more than those three pages of pure yikes. ( jennie urman i see what you’re doing and that’s dirty and low and not cool at all )

rogue one “everyone lives” au:
  • chirrut teaching luke about jedi lore and philosophy while baze and han roll their eyes and pound space beers in the background
  • bodhi’s face when leia awards him a medal for bravery

  • cassian and han hating each other until they are forced to tag-team in a cantina brawl

  • k-2so and r2d2 making c3po’s life hell

  • jyn joining the pathfinders under kes’s command

  • cassian and shara bey co-infiltrating imperial facilities

  • baze and chewbacca playing dejarik against one another (because everyone else was too afraid)

  • luke and bodhi bonding over flying junkers

  • jyn telling leia about the time she met bail organa

  • lando introducing chirrut to gambling on bespin (”oh, did i win again” “you have to be cheating” “all is as the force wills it”)

  • chirrut and baze helping leia with her grief over alderaan

  • k-2so also being accepted as a deity among the ewoks (the devil)

  • the members of rogue one watching the destruction of the death star from the med bay


Sora (or Sky)

I told myself I wasn’t going to do this because it felt like something that was forbidden territory, and I didn’t think it would work, but surprisingly his design came naturally to me. (Especially the hair). After receiving an influx of messages asking me to do my take on Sora (AND I MEAN A LOT OF MESSAGES) I figured I’d at least try it. So here he is. I based this outfit of the “World Of Final Fantasy” and “KH 3D” outfit. I wanted to show that you can put POC (Especially black people) in these kinds of stories and still get the same effect. It’s really not as hard as people think and it can be done without making them stereotypes or tropes. The “Key” is to have a love and appreciation for the core of who the character is. The essence of who they are.

In this drawing, Sora reminds me of my little brother, Julius. Its probably because of how warm his personality is and how much he doesn’t hold grudges and has a genuine love for people. Like Sora, He’s playful, but he’s got a lot of wisdom for his age. There’s an innocence to him, that I feel is prevalent here. I guess I subconsciously ended up drawing that here. Now that I think about it, He’s 13 going on 14 years old now, which is the age of Sora in the 1st KH. So maybe that’s why…. He’s also is a big KH fan himself. (That’s my fault) I guess, I’m doing this for him too.

And Yes, you can cosplay as this and yes I’m doing Riku and Kairi and a few others later. Don’t worry. Mkay. I’m rambling. Back to work!

fake fake fake
  • the clip starts with eva talking about causeries: humorous written piece that, in english, can be referred to as “talk of the town”. eva says she’s not good at it while noora says she doesn’t even know what it is. 👀👀👀
  • even before sana starts focusing on the carrot munching, from the very first second of the clip, the audio has a slight echo to it. which could just be the staircase in which they’re in but i’d think that the team would fix it in post-prod. i feel like they left it because it gives a daydreaming quality to the scene and sana’s pov. from the start, she’s not really listening.
  • carrot munching from the trailer
  • i’ve seen people comment that noora is eating too loudly, that’s not what it is.
    firstly: have you ever managed to eat a carrot silently? and secondly: the shot is to show how much sana is annoyed by noora now. when you hate someone, you tend to find every single thing they do annoying. suddenly, they breathe too loud, eat too loud, are just generally gross.
  • in my attempt to find out if there was a word for this phenomenon other than misophonia (as i understand it, misophonia is when you’re hypersensitive to certain sounds regardless of the context or person…i was looking for a word for when it happens only when you hate someone), i discovered a video of 5mn of carrot munching noises. here it is if you want to die.
  • the mcdonald’s discourse
  • sana looks outside at sara, vilde, and laila and…
  • …i’ll come back to this image later.
  • as sana focuses on noora and eva joining the group, she tunes out the noise around her just as when in prayer or when she was looking at yousef’s facebook profile. it seems that the music from sigur rós is used here as it was used in the other focusing scenes.
  • isak literally gets his nose into other people’s business (and i feel that almost everyone noticed immediately, despite how little of the frame it takes, because of the reading sense)
  • again, we have isak trying to reach sana and he says exactly what’s on sana’s mind: “has sara stolen all your friends?”

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anonymous asked:

WHAT are you bestist favouriteist and longest klance fics or voltron fics that you can recommend

aaaa!!! ok so i have a really bad memory so i just picked out a few longish ones that i distinctly remember liking!!

so baby, pull me closer by redburn

this one is !! just amazing!! there’s a brief nsfw implied secition but i can overlook that bc the writing is beautiful, it the does enemies to friends to lovers trope and the pining trope justice.. it’s just really beautiful as a whole

nothing’s quite as sweet by dimpleforyourthoughts, thebrotherswinchester

ok. i have a lot of feelings about this fic. i read it in one sitting and it left me sOBBING and completely reevaluating my life, it was just.. so soft? aaa i don’t know how to describe it but it’s one of my favourites, anon.

Foreign Scenes by bwyn

this fic is completed now, but every time it updated i was… over the mOOn ok?? the chemistry between the characters is.. incredible.. it was just so fun and raw and wONDERFUL?? it made me want to write again !!!

The Hustle by morvish, sinelanguage

vvvvv good im !!!! listen, i’m going through my bookmarks and clicked on this one to refresh my memory and now i’m rereading the entire thing, so that should sTRONGLY indicate that it’s Good. read for Ultimate Pining

Baby, Take Me High by yeahyouresocool

soft pining at a carnival,,, do i have to say any more??? this fic made me really happy it was just?? so lovely?? at some points i had to stop reading for a few minutes and pull myself together jkfjg

First Day of My Life by eso (cazzy)

!!!! bed sharing !!! texting !!! i love tropey fics but i love them even more when they’re done well, and this one is just!! good content m’guys

Red is the Coldest Color by EnglishCivilWar

see,, i think i know what pining is and then this fic!!! just comes and blows it right out of the water!! i generally tend to read au fics more, but this is canon compliant and sO. GOOD. also as a sidenote i love the characters so much

it’s quite bizarre, and will remain this way by mayerwien for strikinglight

this is one of my favourites, partially because of the setting, partially because of the writing itself, and mostly because i loved the character portrayals. they were just.. teenagers!! they were complex and silly and i loved them!! there was something about this that just,, resonated with me. it was really, really lovely

i’m riding higher than the sky and there is fire in every kiss by nikkiRA

ok i think its obvious by now that i’m hopelessly in love with roommate aus so i’m not always objective about them, but i pROMISE,,, this one is is sPECIAL and fUNNY and !!!! read it!!

Better than coffee by peralta

another cafe au for the hell of it, and also because im love the pining so much, and keith here is !!! mY keith you know??? god fanfiction is amazing

Sweeter Than Pumpkin Pie by konekat for kenbrah (OliviaxxMarie)

i know i recommend this one a lot, but it’s just.. so soft and in character and makes me feel at ease ya know??

Location by inelasco

i either really love wormhole/start of s2 fics or i don’t, and i really loved this one. i love lance’s character being focused on, and this one does it so well.

i hope u like some of them!!!! (btw proofreading is for the weak im sorry for any mistakes!!!)

what she says: i love freeze your brain

what she means: If you look at Freeze Your Brain at face value, you could easily interperet it as simply about JD’s fixation on 7/11 and his issues oversharing. But it’s really more about a place that feels normal and familiar and safe in a frightening and new situation. It’s easy to overlook this, as a lot of the song is made to be comedic. Take the lines “When mom was alive/we lived halfway normal./Now it’s just me and my dad,/we’re less formal” for example. During the musical, it’s easy to focus more on Veronica freaking out than on JD’s words and their meaning. This is done intentionally, as if to show that JD hides how hurt he is about his mother’s death with other emotions, as many people do. Towards the end, it is shown that JD uses slushies to control a possible self-harm habit and self-destructive thoughts, and that’s when the gravity of the song hits you. Despite sounding light-hearted, Freeze Your Brain is about a teenager trying to hold onto the one place that makes him feel safe and happy no matter where he is. If you consider the possibility that his mother introduced him to 7/11, it’s also about trying to recapture childhood emotions, despite the fact that so many things have changed.


Fun fact: The debt he’s referring to here happened between chapters 310-311. It took him over 200 chapters to repay his debt and he never once forgot about it this whole time.

How To: Develop Your Characters

I think we’ve all been in the situation where we want to write about a specific character but have no idea how to approach it. For some reason, despite them being your own character, you have no idea how they would act or what they would say in a certain situation. Sometimes, if you even write about your character(s) at all, when you read it back they seem fake or 2-Dimensional. Unrealistic, if you’d prefer.

In this post, I am going to give you some exercises to get past hollow characters and help develop your writing. 

1) Empty Their Pockets

Pretty simple. Think of what your characters would have in their pockets on a day-to-day basis. It doesn’t have to be anything super extraordinary, of course. Just start writing some everyday items down and think about whether your character would have these items in their pockets. 

Let’s take a look at one I did for my characters earlier. (sorry that just sounded like something from Blue Peter)

For example:

Character A’s Pockets Contained:

pack of gum, empty pack of cigarettes, library card, NOKIA brick phone

So, here a few things you can tell about Character A simply through the items in their pockets. They visit the library often, meaning that they probably have a high interest in reading (this also could be a sign of intelligence). Judging by the fact Character A has both a pack of gum and cigarettes this could indicate a potential smoking habit, chewing gum is a known way for helping people quit smoking. The pack of cigarettes could show that they are not very good at restricting themselves and could in fact be addicted and finding it hard to cope with smoking. Finally, the NOKIA brick phone shows how they may want to feel connected to people or want to allow their friends/family members/whoever to be able to contact them but have no desire to get the latest model of phone or perhaps believe that having such a device would distract them unnecessarily. 

When doing this exercise, think about key objects which portray certain details about your character! Try not to overthink it too much, write whatever comes to mind and put it down on the page! After writing down a couple objects, go back through them and feel free to edit out items you think are unnecessary or add items which you think would suit the character. 

2) Go Through Their Daily Routine

Again, another easily explained exercise. Go through a regular day in your character’s life, try and do this exercise as if it was happening before whatever events occur in your story or novel. This way it makes it easier to understand your character before they met a secondary character in the novel or before whatever events happened in your writing which may affect their routine. You don’t need to include every single detail in your description, just brief notes or key events which occur during their day would be fine. You can make it as short or as long as you wish, maybe don’t just do it for one day in your character’s week perhaps do it for multiple days. 

Does their routine change during the week? What time do they wake up? What time do they go to sleep? Are they punctual with going to work? Do they do any other activities outside their day-job? These are the kind of things you may want to ask yourself when writing it. 

3) Give Them Fears/Phobias

Everyone fears something: whether it be a phobia of spiders or oblivion, everyone has a fear. Giving your character a phobia makes them seem more realistic, it allows your reader to easily relate to your character.

However, just having a phobia for the sake of it doesn’t help develop your character at all. If you give them a terrible phobia of snakes and they come across a snake and suddenly within moments are able to get over their fear just like that, it’s not a phobia. It’s more of a mild inconvenience than anything else. The reader needs to feel convinced by their fears, they would feel more dissatisfied with your writing if they felt the character could dismiss anything and everything than knowing them being confronted by their fears could be a possible problem. Besides, it would give them no reason to motivate or encourage the character if they knew it was impossible for them to be defeated by anything. Still, this does not mean that your character has to be destroyed by their fear. There is a very big difference between simply dismissing your character’s fear and perhaps overcoming it in the future.

An easy way to write your character possibly overcoming their fear in the future is that when they first encounter that fear, add an element of chance or fate into it. For example, if a character were to move to get away from the creature which may be coming towards them; in the process of getting up, they could slip which could cause their legs to lash out towards the creature. The sudden movement may just be enough to scare the creature away, this way it does not appear to the reader as ridiculous or uncharacteristic courage but instead accidental bravery. This sudden revelation that the character’s horrible fear may not be as all powerful as they first thought could be the first step for them to slowly overcome that fear.

Don’t believe me? Let’s think about this for a moment. Imagine your character, let’s call them the Protagonist™, is stuck in a terrible situation. It doesn’t matter what the situation is but let’s say it’s something which involves them being trapped in a room with a snake. I’m going to give you two examples, both involving the same situation.

Example #1:

Protagonist watched with wide eyes as the snake slowly slithered towards them. The snake paused for a moment, it hissed lowly as it waited for Protagonist to move, waiting for the right moment to strike.  Not hesitating for a single moment, they suddenly realised how dire the situation was and jumped to their feet. Their heart pumping wildly as their body was filled with adrenaline, they were terrified yet they had to do something. Protagonist grabbed the nearest thing to them and stepped towards the snake.

“Get away!” They threatened, “Get away!”

Example #2:

Protagonist watched with wide eyes as the snake slowly slithered towards them. The snake paused for a moment, it hissed lowly as it waited for Protagonist to move, waiting for the right moment to strike. The blood in Protagonist’s veins ran cold as the snake grew closer and closer, Protagonist couldn’t move. They begged and screamed on the inside to move away, to get away as far as possible. They had lost all control of their movement, their fear had consumed them. They were frozen to the spot and could only watch as the snake widened it’s jaw, ready to bite down on it’s prey. It widened it’s jaw once, twice - suddenly, Protagonist gained back their instincts. Fleeing seemed like the only realistic option and seconds before the snake could chomp down on their ankle, Protagonist stumbled to their feet. They stumbled backwards into a puddle of water which had pooled behind them and their ankle rolled as they slipped, their legs accidentally lashing out towards the predator. The snake recoiled backwards in shock before deciding that the risk wasn’t worth it: it quickly retreated back to it’s nest, disappearing from Protagonist’s view.

Now, hopefully you see what I mean. I think we can all agree that the second example is a lot better than the first one. 

4) Create Their Flaws/Bad Habits

No one is perfect, this includes your characters. 

If you’re finding it challenging to think of any flaws, try to think of some bad habits. It doesn’t have to be anything so terribly bad that’s it’s illegal. Think simple when it comes to this exercise. It can range from anything between chewing their nails to swearing. 

It might help to try and develop these bad habits into possible flaws or weaknesses. If your character keeps biting their nails that might be a sign of nervousness or anxiety. So, creating bad habits might be a good way to show a certain trait your character may possess. 

Flaws are important as well. Let’s be realistic, if no character had any flaws then every single book we read would be filled with a bunch of characters which are exactly the same. Besides, what’s a hero without it’s villain? 

So, to give you a few ideas, let’s go back to superheroes. Maybe a hero is so set on doing the right thing that they lose sight of what they want? Perhaps it gets to a certain point where they can’t handle that hollow feeling inside of them that they grow arrogant, selfish or even stubborn? There’s a story for you right there. 

Not only that, by giving your characters flaws it is possible that you could work that into your story somehow. This way, not only will you get to show off your amazing character development, but it could also be an exciting point in your storyline.

Write down some ideas, think of flawed personality traits and just write them down! Try to write down at least five straight off the bat, for each one you don’t like you should think about why it doesn’t suit your character. You’re bound to find one flaw you’re happy with!

5) Write Some Scenarios

Now that you’ve developed your characters, go ahead and write them in your story! If you think you still need a bit of practice, try writing something about them being in a certain scenario. It could be anything from ordering their favourite coffee to being trapped in a prison: just write it! Try not to think about it too much, just do whatever feels write (I unintentionally made that pun but i’m not deleting it). 

It doesn’t have to be long either, just a couple paragraphs would be fine. Try to focus on body movements and interior thoughts, it would be ideal if your character was on their own in the situation: that way you can get to know the character on their own a lot better. No other characters means no distractions. It’s just you, the wonderful author, and your character - there is an endless amount of possibilities for you! 

Have faith in yourself too! Nobody knows your brilliantly developed characters better than you do, so here’s your chance to show them off! If you’d like a second opinion, write something about them and give it to a friend/parent/random stranger etc. to read! If they don’t want to, make them read it anyway! 

I hope this helps you all in developing your characters! 

Happy writing!

- jess

anonymous asked:

perhaps a tutorial about front legs?

yea sure !

i’ve already done a tutorial on back legs, so i guess this will be like the other half to it haha

so ! while a cat’s haunches are a trapezoid, a cats shoulders are like a very skinny and squished half circle. this shape is actually a simplified version of the scapula + humerus bones. it extends from the tip of the shoulder down to the elbow

some things to note about cats is that they have FLAT chests. their chests will not protrude like a dogs. yes, sometimes their fluff and fur may make it look like they have extended chests, but in reality it’s flat

the rest of the leg is fairly simple, it’s just the shoulders i notice a lot of people have problems with. so let’s draw a cat then yea?

i started with the head first, followed by the chest. you can see i used a rounded rhombus for that. starting with the chest + head can help your character feel more stable and proportional and help give weight to the character. then i threw in the shoulders and the rest.

legs are fairly simple, they will get smaller slightly towards the feet. you can make them more muscular or skinny depending on the character you want. 

HERE IS AN EASY TRICK FOR PROPORTIONS. A cat’s elbows WILL ALMOST ALWAYS align with their stomach. The beginning of the leg will align with the end of the chest. (obviously if you’re drawing super longhaired cats thats different but)