inspiring development

send me a heart to learn something about my muse!
  • ❤: does my muse consider themselves a romantic?
  • ♡: how does my muse act, consciously and/or subconsciously, around people they are romantically interested in?
  • ❥: what is my muse's ideal date?
  • ღ: how does my muse feel about displays of affection in public and/or in private?
  • 💕: how does my muse express their feelings? do they do through small but meaningful gestures, or through bold declarations?
  • 💘: how does my muse act/react when they first realize that they had a crush on somebody?
  • 💝: what would my muse consider a "perfect gift"?
  • 💓: how does my muse feel about physical intimacy?
  • 💌: how would my muse go about confessing to someone they liked? would they do it indirectly or directly, or maybe not at all?
  • 💟: what are three traits that my muse looks for in a partner?
  • 💙: how would my muse handle seeing their object of affection falling in love with someone else?
  • 💚: how does my muse feel about love? about falling in love? about being in love?
  • 💜: how long might it take for my muse to say "i love you" for the first time?
  • 💛: does my muse believe in love-at-first-sight? in soulmates? in fate?
Character-Building Tips

- Unopinionated characters might seem likeable or diplomatic to you, but they’re boring to the audience. Your characters may choose not to take sides in certain matters (ex. their parents’ divorce, a fight between friends, etc), but they have to believe in some things. And opinionated characters make opinionated audiences, and that means interested and emotionally-invested audiences.

- Write any scenes that stumble into your mind and enchant you, even if you think (or know) those scenes probably won’t end up in the final draft. No matter what you do with them, those scenes will still tell you something about your character(s), and that will enrich the rest of your story.

- Make risky characters. If you think your character might offend your audience or a certain part of it, write your character anyways. It could be a bad character with good views about certain subjects or vice versa, but either way it will show three-dimensionality.

- If you’re having trouble with your character being realistic or 3D, get to the root of their person. Don’t ask “what drives them as a plot device?” but “what drives them as a person?” – if you know their motivations as a person, their purpose in the plot will surface.

- Stay away from stereotypes, unless you’re writing a comedy.

Hope this helps. - @authors-haven

Control your inputs. Not just what you eat and drink (though this will have a profound impact), control what you read, what you watch, what you listen to, what notifications you allow on your phone, where you spend your time, who you spend it with. Guard your gates with care.
—  Nick Crocker
With each passing day, dive deeper into yourself. Find out more about the person you are. One moment we may believe we know everything about ourselves, however, there are so many things that lie below the surface that one may be easy to miss.
Appearance Prompts

Make a character that..

..has dark skin
..is blind
..has scars on their wrists
..has stretchmarks
..has naturally red hair
..has albinism
..wears a hijab
..has a crooked nose
..has more than one eye
..only has one eye
..has tattoos
..is chubby
..presents very androgynous
..wears glasses
..has wings
..has dreadlocks
..has got robotic body parts

Every moment, regardless if it’s positive or negative, involves self development. We as individuals are constantly experiencing, growing and learning whether we realize it or not.
Make An OC That...

.. uses ‘it’ pronouns
.. is an otaku
.. has OCs
.. takes care of injured animals they find
.. witnessed a murder as a kid and has never talked since then
.. has an imaginary friend
.. sees ghosts and they are buddies with all of them and they help each other
.. that always makes up conspiracy theories and thinks the government is after them because “they know too much”
.. is an Instagram model and does it for a living
.. always forces their friends to watch terribly bad movies
.. was put in a coma to wake up 100 years in the future
.. is band obsessed
.. never grew out of their embarrassing teeny emo phase