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How do you create characters? Or do they come find you and tell you their stories?
I’m afraid it varies! It really depends on the
situation. It feels too pragmatic to sound creative but too creative to sound
creative end, sometimes the characters do come to me. But they usually
aren’t presenting their stories outright.
In a literal sense, a character idea will pop in my head, so
I’ll write up a little about them—the things I feel to be true—and sometimes
give them a piece of flash fiction (or something else short) so I can get a
feeling for how they are and if they fit my initial assessment.
I prefer character-driven media, so I focus on what the
character is like and figure out what they want. For example, my second
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) was a story about a writer. (Wow, yes,
I know. So original. Writing about a writer. Yeah.) I didn’t know what the
writer wanted, but I knew what she was like. I knew her base situation as well.
If you know their base situation (where they are at the beginning of the story
or slightly prior to it), you can figure out what makes them unhappy about it.
After all, stories are about journeys, whether they are emotional or physically
moving to a different place or whatever.
My writer character felt like she didn’t have the life
experience to be a good writer. Summer comes, and she chooses to take that time
to travel to different places and meet new people. One conflict is that her
parents don’t really want her to go, especially by herself, because she was
only 17 or so.
I evaluated the character (she was an ambitious writer) and
calculated in what she didn’t like about where she was (she was an
inexperienced writer). So the plot/story came to me from there: she decides to
leave so she can travel and get life experience.
In that sense, they don’t always exactly tell me their
stories. I focused on what made the writer who she was and what kind of growth
she needed to take, not necessarily the growth she wanted.
The idea was that, by the end, she had gained experience but
that she didn’t feel richer for it, so she was going to struggle with trying to
realize what she had actually learned by leaving. I never really got there, but
that was the idea.
So I didn’t say to myself, “I have a writer character, and I
want her to travel.” I said to myself, “I have a concept of a writer who is
inexperienced. She wants to travel to get that valuable experience. I guess the
story should be about her travels.”
The story fell flat and unfinished, of course, by virtue of
how I intended for her to go cross-country when I had not done the same. It
felt inauthentic, and I bailed. I jammed out some nonsense so I could say I had
“won” NaNoWriMo that year.
more pragmatic view on characters is that I have a basic concept
(like, very basic, as in “I want to write about a character that worships
unicorns”) and then go through my personal questionnaires to determine the rest
of their traits and what they’re like.
Where does this character live (mountains, valley,
riverbed, beach, etc.)?
What surrounds their home (what kind of buildings,
what landmarks, what roads)?
What is the climate like?
How many moons and suns does that world have?
What is the time period?
What kind of city/town do they live in?
How many people live there? What kinds of people?
What plants (fruit, trees, spices, vegetables,
etc.) do they produce?
What animals/wildlife do they have?
What is the character’s role in that place?
Why do they have that role?
What are their goals? Are they happy with their
What is the one thing they most want to change?
What are their hobbies? What interests them?
What is their family like? Any siblings? Parents
alive? What relationships do they have with their family members (MC to father,
MC to sister, etc.)? What relationships do the family members have with each
other (mother to father, brother to sister, etc.)?
Do they have any current love interests? What has
their love life been like?
What are they good at?
Do they have any religious beliefs? If so, what
are they? If not, why?
Do they perform any rituals (religious or
What body type do they have? How do other people
perceive their appearance?
What is their view on gender roles?
I then check out what I said about their goals and
What would they need to do in order to achieve
Is it feasible?
Would it be an interesting story? Why or why not?
Who would try to stop them?
What obstacles are in the way (giant wall,
overbearing parents, lack of money, education necessities, etc.)?
Why are these goals and roles so important? Who
are they most important to?
After all that, it feels like a good time to start
plotting the story out. And it’s straight-forward from there! (Usually.) When I
start plotting, I generally go with a general idea of where things start and
where things end. Then, I can figure out what would happen in between.
Story-plotting is about way more than waiting for
the right inspiration. Being a writer is about dedication and writing, even
when inspiration is nonexistent. But you have to write to find inspiration. You
can inspire yourself simply by working. You can’t let a blank page let you
down. You have to create stories and not just wait for them to come to you.
Inspiration, though, is awesome. If you get
inspired, run with it—with all of your ability, run with it. But you won’t feel
inspiration every single day, so you have to learn how to create characters and
stories on your own.
I actually have some resources already on my blog. :) For
reasons of convenience, I include them below.
your boyfriend (aka got7 members) shrink to lil mini guys for no reason and live in your pocket for a day (like in just right mv)
wow im so original
jaebum: would be a quiet mini guy, cling on your finger and smile that cute ass smile that melts you when he wants something, lay on top of your head and be cute af, would occasionally poke you through your shirt pocket for fun to tease you and smile/laugh like dis
mark: would be a very quiet but mischievous mini guy, would hit and kick at the pocket to make it seem like move and seem like a mini monster’s trying to get out (no ones gonna understand what im trying to say lol), but will generally be super cute and laugh his mark laugh
jackson: would be a loud mini guy, constantly pop out of pocket to interrupt your conversation or ask you for something, try to be sexy but he’s a tiny lil boy so he fails, sit on your shoulder sometimes
jinyoung: would be a nice and polite mini guy, stay in your pocket obediently but pop out occasionally to get a breather, silently judge you with that stare when you do weird things, try to beat up yugyeom but forgets he’s currently tiny so he fails
youngjae: would be a happy and sunshiny ball of positivity, pop out of pocket to greet people cheerfully, hug your finger lovingly if he gets the chance, ride on coco and shout wOW, OH MY GOSH, AMAZINGGG etc, smile like an otter
bambam: would be a pervy little piece of shit, and when you tease him about his current size he’ll be like “i might be small now, but you know how big i am when i’m in my regular size (smirk)”, constantly move around in pocket
yugyeom: will be a cute but evil mini guy, try to push jinyoung but fail because he’s tiny, grind and hump any surface when you pull him out of pocket, hum chris brown quietly and dance everywhere and anywhere, clap his hands and laugh hysterically when he hears/sees something funny (he always does that lol)
Request: can I request a dean x reader where the reader was possessed by a demon during the time dean was a demon too. And the demon was loyal to crowley so they have seen each other a few times but shortly after sam takes dean to cure him the demon gets exorcised and they meet again a few months later (dean has still the MoC) and she panics bc she doesn’t know he isn’t a demon any more and he gets suspicious bc well he doesn’t know she isn’t possessed anymore?