understand your character

The soulmate AU where people have the first name of their soulmate tattooed on their wrist, and people are supposed to keep them secret for whatever reason. Person A has had a crush on Person B forever, but unfortunately the name doesn’t match. Years later, Person B comes out as trans, and announces they will be legally changing their name… To the name on Person A’s wrist.

fanon dirk 1: hypermasculine supercool dude, always in control, always composed, probably drawn muscular, may or may not be an abuser
fanon dirk 2: soft, delicate, sweet boy who flinches at loud noises and just wants to grow plants, probably drawn with droopy eyelashes, may or may not be mute
fanon dirk 3: bites into an orange whole, tries to eat grass and become a horse, just check the dirkjohn tag, that’s the dirk i’m talking about
canon dirk: at this point i just do not know.

Legit’s Character Development Worksheet

There are lots of character development worksheets out there, but in my opinion nothing that really examines a character’s growth and development, which is what I’m aiming to do with mine. You can use this to better understand your character, spot “holes” in their development, or to build a character from scratch! 

_____________________

Ancestry

  1. What is this character’s lineage? 
  2. Are there any genetic factors that may affect them? (Mental illness/disabilities that run in the family, magical lineage, etc.?)
  3. What is/was their parents’ social class? 
  4. What are their parents/caregivers like prior to their being born?
  5. If not raised by their parents, then by whom? Are their caretakers of a different social class than the character? How are they treated as a result?
  6. In the case of non-human characters, what is the status of their “kind” prior to their birth/construction/etc.? (E.g., are they the first generation of a new AI? Are they the first generation of vampires to live in the light?) 
  7. Are there changing social values between prior generations and their own that may affect them?

_____________________

Circumstances at Birth

  1. What is their parental status at birth? (Single mother, both parents, etc.)
  2. What social class is your character born into?
  3. What is expected of your character based on the social class that they are born into? By their parents/caregivers? By the society they live in?
  4. How are they advantaged/disadvantaged at birth? Disability? Poverty? Etc.
  5. Are there any circumstances surrounding their birth that may affect their early childhood? (For example, they were unwanted by their parents/caregivers, they were the long-awaited heir to a kingdom, or they were born (assigned as) a girl when the parents were hoping for a boy?)

_____________________

Childhood 

  1. If they lose a parent/are orphaned/adopted/parents divorce, etc., at what age does this happen? a.) How does the age at which this happened affect them? Do they remember this change? Are they affected by the change?
  2. Does their social status/class change at any point during childhood? Why?
  3. What is their relationship with their parents/caregivers like? How do these interactions affect them in later life? (For example, a perfectionist character may have only received approval from their parents for big achievements.)
  4. Do they have siblings or other close relationships with family members of a similar age? (Do bear in mind that early relationships with siblings can play a strong role in the way that people approach friendships in later years.)
  5. If they have siblings, what is their birth order, and how does this affect them?
  6. What are some of the most impactful moments from their childhood? How do these moments affect them? What do they learn from these experiences? (E.g., “authority figures aren’t to be trusted).
  7. Was their childhood a happy one? If not, how do they see their childhood as an adult? Does this make them angry, do they try to ignore it, or have they moved on?
  8. What are their typical social interactions like as children? Do they have a lot of friends, are they shy, etc.?
  9. Do they exhibit expected behaviors or have difficulty conforming? (Conforming to gender roles or not, for example.)
  10. What are their primary interests as a child?

_____________________

Adolescence

  1. Is there a turning point that moves your characters from childhood and into a more “mature” perspective? (For example, the death of a loved one.) 
  2. Does their social status/class change at any point during adolescence? Why?
  3. How does their relationship with their parents develop from childhood to adolescence?
  4. Do any major changes occur in their life during adolescence? How do these changes affect them?
  5. In the case of MOGAI characters, at what point does your character realize they are “different” than the expected social norm? What are the circumstances surrounding that?
  6. What is your character’s attitude toward sex and sexuality? How does their interaction with their parents/caregivers affect them?
  7. How much independence is your character granted as an adolescent?
  8. Does your character have more/less responsibility than the typical adolescent? In what ways? (For example, having to take care of a younger sibling.
  9. How does their social life change (or not change) from childhood to adolescence?
  10. How are they prepared for adulthood as an adolescent?
  11. When in their society are they expected to become an “adult”?
  12. How do their interests evolve from childhood to adolescence?
  13. Is there a defining moment that transitions them from adolescence into adulthood? (Joining the military, moving out, etc.) 

_____________________

Adulthood

  1. What is their primary attitude towards life based on their experiences in childhood and adolescence?
  2. What kinds of events would be necessary to change these attitudes? 
  3. Does their social status/class change as they reach adulthood, or at any point after? Why?
  4. Are they generally independent as an adult? Why/why not?
  5. Do they retain their relationship with their family on reaching adulthood?
  6. Do they retain their social group from adolescence?
  7. How/where do they meet new friends/love interests?
  8. What is their attitude toward romance/love/family? What are their main goals regarding this as they enter adulthood?
  9. What is their main goal as an adult? (A high-paying career, romance, family, to have fun, to survive, etc.) 
  10. How do their goals change over time? As they meet old goals and set new ones?
  11. How do their interests mature from adolescence to adulthood? (For example, an interest in writing as a teen may lead them to a career in publishing.)

_____________________

Older Age

  1. Do they accomplish their goals as set out in earlier adulthood? How do they feel if these goals are not met?
  2. As they approach older age, what is their social class?
  3. Do they build a family in their adulthood? What is this family like?
  4. If they become a parent, how is their relationship with their children affected by the relationship they had with their own parents?
  5. What do they want to “leave behind” in the world?
  6. Do they become a mentor/teacher to others?
  7. As they grow older, how do they feel about the concepts of aging? Weakening? Death?

Think outside the box as you answer these. Remember that if you bend and stretch them enough, these questions can fit into virtually any world. 

Burning Question for Sherlock Fanfic Writers: Effect of s4 on characterization?

Hey y’all. 

I have been thinking about this for quite a while– and what I’d love is to hear from fan writers–some honest opinions, commentary, whatever– about how season four of BBC Sherlock affected your understanding of the characters as you write them. 

Do you see Sherlock as more empathetic? Less? John? How has the last season changed your mental image of the characters? How does that affect your ideas for stories? 

Tagging a few folks, though everybody is welcome to weigh in: 

@silentauroriamthereal, @may-shepard, @sussexbound, @ivyblossom, @pennypaperbrain, @constancecream, @xistentialangst, @plaidadder, and anyone else who wants to join in…

“ichigo’s true goal was to become a real shinigami and live in the soul society!!”

No, it wasn’t. Ichigo’s goal was to protect people. Being a shinigami was an effective and useful way to achieve his goal, and also a part of his identity. He had opportunities to live in the Soul Society, to just stay longer while he was there, but he always rushed back home, because it was never about being a “real shinigami.”

I don’t usually have a problem when people have different interpretations of a character, but this is canon. If you truly believe that Ichigo mourned the loss of his powers in the Fullbringer arc because he couldnt call himself a “shinigami~” anymore, and NOT because he lost his ability to protect and support others, then you misread the manga. You misinterpreted his character.

What makes Ichigo unique from other shonen protagonists, what so many people seemed to miss, is that he doesn’t care about a title. He’s not aiming to be the best shinigami, not fighting to become a captain, and not looking for praise or recognition. What Ichigo cares about is being a protector. It was established in his very first scene, and then over and over again throughout his story. 

Part of his growth was fully accepting his heritage and identity; he is a shinigami, a hollow, a visored, a quincy, and a human. He holds a piece of every entity inside him and will defend them all with equal fervor. He has connected all of these groups and caused them to work together despite their differences, because he represents all of them and none of them at the same time, and that’s such an important symbolic part of his character. Diminishing him as “just a human” or “just a shinigami” are both insulting.

Think about Bleach’s antagonists. An antagonist’s role is to block the protagonist from reaching their goal and create conflict. Think about what they were preventing Ichigo from doing.

The hollows attacked innocents. The soul society arrested his friend and was going to execute her simply for helping him save his family’s lives. The espada kidnapped another one of his friends and framed her as a traitor. Aizen tried to enter the Soul King’s palace, likely to replace him and become king himself based on his later comments, and was attempting to murder Ichigo’s friends when he showed up. Ginjo and Tsukishima manipulated Ichigo, harmed his friends, and turned them against him in order to steal his powers. Yhwach tried to conquer and destroy the three worlds.

Every time, the antagonists were preventing Ichigo from saving/protecting someone, or the world itself. The only threats to Ichigo’s powers were from the full-bringers, and in that case, Ichigo was much more concerned about his loved ones than he was about himself. Stealing his abilities was just a final kick to the teeth. And though Ichigo gave up his powers to defeat Aizen, that was never the threat that Aizen represented as a villain.

I’m not going to throw a bunch of manga caps at you, because the evidence supporting Ichigo’s canon core motivation is shown throughout the entire manga. Just go reread it. Stop cherrypicking moments from scenes you don’t even remember and using them outside of their context to defend your misunderstanding of the narrative.

Ichigo cared about his shinigami powers and he cared about protecting others. It’s not even a competition, because those two things have become so tied together that they’ve become a part of Ichigo’s identity. But it was never about a title, never about status, and never about leaving the world he calls home for a new one.

How to Detect Lies (Part 1)

It’s crucial that you understand your characters; if you don’t know them like the back of your hand, how can your readers hope to? Part of your job is to make them relatable and flawed. (Some types of writing supersede this, such as those which include allegorical figures, but that’s a technicality.) It’s a very natural thing for humans (and other biological beings) to not tell the truth. Sometimes, dishonesty itself can be the crux of a novel. It’s easy to make your character tell a lie, but how easy is it to convince the other characters, or your readers? 

This is just a basic run down of physical (body language) gestures and verbal cues that may indicate someone is being untruthful.

PART TWO

Keep reading

4

THIS SCENE MAKES ME SO SAD LMAO

JUST ACCEPT YOUR CHILD, CLARK……

i’m so sick of straight people trying to force their straight agenda into everything

Improving your writing

How to Improve your writing

So all of us roleplay here, but how many of you wish to truly improve your skills, gain a better style, learn and drive yourself to be better? I know that’s something I’ve always wanted to do no matter how well I write, I always strive to be better.

One thing to understand is that in roleplaying, there is no end. Even if you meet the end of a thread, it doesn’t end there. There is so much to realize. So in a sense, there is no goal in roleplaying, you are simply here to write and develop. Just like you develop as a person, you are developing your writing AND your character.

Another is to understand that you ARE your character. Let go of yourself, let go of everything you are and dive into your character. Become one with that person, see from there eyes. Don’t take the 3rd person point of view, standing above like god watching his children, join the heart and soul of your character .

How to Write

First and foremost, remember that role playing takes effort, time, and dedication. This shouldn’t, however, make writing any less fun!! But as writers, one thing we are all striving to do is improve, develop, and define our own writing style.

Let’s start with the basics. These are questions and comments you should think about when writing a post.

  • - The time frame. You need to know the date, it will determine what exactly happens to your character and what has happened before.
  • - The Season. This will determine what your character is wearing, what is going on around you, the environment and more.
  • - The Situation. What is going on that day? Is it changing your characters emotions? Could there be conflicts?
  • - The overall attitude. Your characters personality is going to shape how they look. If they are angry, it’s obvious they should appear that way. If they are happy, why are they happy? Write all this in.
  • - The appearance. People can’t read your mind, so state in some way what your character is wearing. How is their hair? Do they have anything odd about them that day?
  • - The Area. Again, people aren’t mind-readers. Describe the area you are in. Is it night or day? Is it wet? is it hot? this goes hand in hand with your season as well. 

Please, do not be afraid to get descriptive, get in there, place yourself there and let people see what you have. If you barely give the minimum what you see in your mind the other play can see completely differently.

Do not get this confused with having to write a lot. Word Count is not important. Your beginning post can be pretty lengthy  but do not let this intimidate you. If you give a good basis then the roleplay will become more enticing, allows a story to unfold and you will find yourself addicted to the scene.

Roleplaying Fluidity

So you have reach a point and you don’t know what to do, do you? How do you keep a thread liquidity moving so that you don’t feel stagnant and bored?

  1. Don’t linger in the same spot. This means that you want to reply to what a person has given you but also add a little more to the end. Always go with the Who, What, Where, When, and How. Maybe someone interrupts you? Maybe you move to a new spot and it makes your character think of something? Maybe you find the time is short and suddenly you are late. Always keep a thread moving in some way. This will help you move a thread on for many posts.
  2. Be Flexible. Allow for change, get into things you don’t expect. Don’t be firm on what you think will happen, roleplay is a fluid movement and if you don’t allow yourself to bend then you won’t get anywhere and the post can easily be killed.
  3. Don’t be a dictator. You are not going to control the other person’s character or decisions nor will they to you. Play your character how you see fit for the coming post. So maybe things will end there, or maybe something crazy will happen!
  4. Don’t focus on size. Word counts, the number of paragraphs, this doesn’t mean anything. What is most important is the fact that you give what you receive. If you give very little, do not expect much in return. This is where the effort comes into play. You want to give people something to work with. The more you give the more you receive! 
  5. Take a step in their shoes. Become your character. I can’t say this enough, get in their shoes, their body, their mind. Think of all those questions!!! There is so much that can happen within in a five minute period and you should touch base on it all.

I need the FEELS!

You see so many people writing these feelys threads and you want to do one too but you don’t know how?

Feels engulf everything. Happiness, passion, sadness, pain, hurt. These are just a few of those words that can touch on the feelings of people. So how do people cause others to feel such emotions. Like I’ve stated, you must BECOME your character.

Think about these questions. What is their heart saying? What is their mind saying? How do the feel? Are they scared? How are they showing they are scared? Why are they scared? What caused such fear?

These and more will help you develop the emotion and drive of a certain feeling. Dive into the questions, don’t be afraid to think of them and to really feel them.

Connect with your other readers/players. Let them KNOW how you feel. Metaphors and similes make for great ways to connect. Bring to view history that has caused these emotions. Don’t be afraid to get into the meat of the emotions. Just what is drawing out these feelings that could cause such a deep rooted emotion.

But how do I describe?

Description is a major part of the thread, and as I’ve stated above you need it. But just HOW do you describe? The best way to describe anything is to think of the five senses. Many would think this is obvious by thought, but in truth you have to active think on it, not just realize it.

  1. Sight: What are you seeing? What colors, people, trouble,s dangers. This makes up most of what is going on in the roleplay. If you don’t know the set up how can you reply? Set it up.
  2. Hearing: This is probably the second easiest way and usually always in the thread. What do you hear? Any conversations? Fighting? Crying? Is there a crash somewhere. What sounds are around so that someone else can react.
  3. Smell: This is one sense I rarely seen used unless it’s obvious. Think about what is around. The scent of the forest, the smells of the sea, is there food cooking or do you smell something rotten? This will help you better know the role play and what to expect.
  4. Touch: Touch is one that is obvious yet so unused. Just think about everything you touch, from what someone wears to the things around them such as grass and trees. Clothing, armor, there is so much to go about. Uses this sense will make you ‘feel’ it and become more connected to it.
  5. Taste: Taste is probably the hardest sense to try, but if you think about it, you do taste the world around you. It’s not just when eating, but you can also taste things like the dirt in the air, the taste of smog and the stenches. Smell and taste can go hand in hand as your nose is connected to your throat. Expect the detail of the taste.

Be sure to be descriptive, but not OVERLY descriptive. Don’t talk about a flip of your hair for three paragraphs, that’s outrageous. This is known as 'floof’.

Describe the meat, but don’t overcoat it with gravy.

Words, So many words! 

Sometimes words and word count can be intimidating. But the beautiful think about this site is there is no demands on how much or how little you can write. This is known as relative word count. You write what you want, but I think it would be respectful to also, like relative word count, to give what you received. This doesn’t mean match word for word, or match count for count. 

You should give the quality that you received.

First off, read the post. Don’t think about writing, just read it. Afterward, go back to the top and read the first paragraph and respond to that. Sometimes you can’t respond to the paragraph, and that’s okay. Sometimes when you respond to that paragraph you write two paragraphs. All that matters is that if you can respond, do it.

Ignore how long the post is. Like I said, count isn’t important, its the quality.

When writing, try not to reuse words over and over. Try to expand on them. The thesaurus is a wonderful tool for this. Connect with your audience as well as bring in things they may know. 

However, be aware of the word, use the dictionary as well. There is nothing wrong with the word said! or fingers, or anything like that. The theasaurus is a great way to find a variety in a word but you also need to be aware of what that word means. Just because two words are synonoms doesn’t mean they will mean the same thing in your sentence. Don’t be afraid to research up words and expand your plane of knowledge. This is what makes you go from good to excellent.

 This is where metaphors and similes are so useful. This allows you to write something that may not actually be in the time period but not expressly state in character. 

Being Pro-active, not Re-active.

I GOT A POST!

Awesome! But remember, when you a replying to a thread, you don’t want to just reactive. This style is bad form, being just a reactionary type person. This will definitely kill your thread, causing people to just stare and go 'nope’ cause they have no real reason to reaction.

So what I mean by proactive. You need to actively engage the thread. React to what happens, but push it forward as well. Like I’ve stated above, there are things you should do and reply to, but always give a little nudge at the end of the post.

Now, as it is, I do not mean 'shove’ the thread. This can always kill a thread, sending something so off the wall people are just going to go 'WTF?’.

Don’t be afraid to close the thread if you think its done. You can always start a new thread, a new plotline and more. Some threads can last for only five post, others for twenty, and even more. The joy of roleplaying is you never know what will happen! You don’t have to involve everything in the one thread, so simple react how you need to and move on.

How to Give Your Antagonist a Little Humanity

There is such a thing as your antagonist being too over-the-top. There’s a possibility that they can become static or one-dimensional if you don’t understand why they’re the protagonist. Not many people in the world are evil for the sake of being evil. There’s usually a reason behind what they’re thinking and feeling, so try to explore that with your own characters. Remember, the antagonist is usually the hero in their own story.

Focus on background

Knowing your antagonist’s personal background should add more dimensions to your story. Do they have a family? Is there something specific that happened that shaped them? Understanding where each of your characters came from and how they came to be the way they are will really help add depth. Your readers will begin to see what makes them tick.

Know what they want

Antagonists have wants and needs, just like any other character. You should always know what your protagonist wants if you want to drive the story forward and the same can be said for your antagonist. What are they searching for? Why do they want to stop the protagonist? Do they want the same thing as the protagonist? This will help you figure out your conflict.

Is there someone they care about?

Knowing what your antagonist cares about will reveal a lot about them.  Sure, sometimes mindless unstoppable villains are exciting, but it doesn’t work for every story. Smart antagonists that care about something are usually more enticing. You can make them a bit more humane if you reveal what they care about. Do they believe what they’re doing will actually save the world? Do they think they’re doing the right thing? Consider these questions.

What do they think about the protagonist?

It’s not necessary for the antagonist to absolutely hate the protagonist. Sometimes it’s more interesting if they respect each other or if they already have a relationship. Do they think the protagonist is completely wrong? Do they understand their point-of-view? Knowing what your antagonist thinks will help form a realistic relationship between the protagonist and antagonist. It will help you shape your story into something better.

-Kris Noel

I should make a new tag for Adam Taurus fans the way the goths made a new tag for posting selfies and goth related things to where they could see it because the main tag got filled up with porn and emo related stuff

anonymous asked:

I was wondering if you could help me finding some material about how to play a businessman(my char is a CEO, actually)?

I couldn’t find any guides on Tumblr (if anyone knows of one reply to this please!), but I found a few useful resources that you could apply to your character:

You could use these aspirational qualities for a businessman to build your character around, and you could also think about which of these qualities they lack/need to work on. This could help you a lot with character development as he works to become a capable CEO.

Here are some resources about what being a CEO involves:

These should help you understand what your character does on a daily basis, and to get to grips with language used in that kind of environment. 

Finally, these are some interesting resources about the daily life of a business person:

This was actually really interesting. If any of you want to go into business I highly recommend you have a look at some of these links!

I hope this helps you ‘non! :)

guansuo  asked:

[ crawls in timidly and plops url at ur feet ]

My Opinion on;

Character in general: Initially, I didn’t think much of Suo outside of another person who bolstered Guan Yu’s image, and Koei’s handling of him didn’t help. I know DW has a lot of characters, but unfortunately, he gets little screentime/development. Since he was introduced in 7, they gave more story behind him, but still, not much. I remember you telling me about the scene from 8’s Fan Castle where Guan Yu knocked him unconscious seemingly without any warning? At least in 7, it was more explicit (on a cliff, nowhere else to go), but here it was just [whack] and run? That could’ve been done better, but I digressed a bit! I want Koei to flesh him out as an individual, not just “I am the son of the God of War!” kind of thing. But that’s what RP is for, which brings me to the next point~ 

How they play them: I know you recently returned so I haven’t seen what you’ve done in the past, but you do a wonderful job of fleshing out his personality, all the post-fan castle angst, included. :’) Regardless of verse, I appreciate that you portray his psyche realistically. As someone who’s personally experienced parts to some degree, it’s something I can relate to. I know you can be concerned with the amount of angst, but it’s your portrayal, so you can do whatever you see fit! My one concern is actually your own health >< I brought it up before, but I can’t help but worry a bit when I notice long, angsty replies all at once. His post fan-castle feelings are heavy, and if you’re the type who gets emotionally invested in writing, I wouldn’t want it to negatively affect your own mood, either. /\ 

The Mun: When I re-read your url meme response and saw that I gave you confidence to be here, it warms my heart - you’re too sweet! /u\ I’m glad we’ve been talking recently, and though we’re still learning about each other, thanks for hearing me out when I had things on my mind. It’s still weird to talk about certain things, but I truly appreciate your support! You’re super friendly and badass artist & writer - keep being fabulous, yeah? ^^

Do I:

RP with them: Easing into things with silly antics, and hopefully when we’re ready, we can give the angsty angst another go :’))
Want to RP with them: of course!

What is my;

Overall Opinion:  Very lovely and talented person with a lot of passion for her muse! I enjoy your company and our random convos - glad we share a similar sense of humor hehe .u.! Please do take care of your health though and rest if needed! I look forward to seeing you around and seeing how Suo develops~

**Note: Mun’s answer are all to be completely honest. Don’t send url if you don’t want brutal honesty // selectively accepting!