CCCC Lesson 1 ~ Inspiration

CCCC Lesson 1 ~ Inspiration

A Lesson by The Phantom King Alchemist

Part 1 of the Character Creation Crash Course.


Okay guys, We all have these problems at some point or another. Especially when we first being a new story.
So, the first thing that you're 95% of the time going to do is start with Character creation.

That being said the first step is inspiration. Now some people are probably able to jump right in and create a basic character for a writing exercise in two seconds, but even when you do that you have to pull things for your character from somewhere. This is where Inspiration comes in! =)

Okay so the first thing you're going to want to do to create your character is to just take it easy and relax. I know that you're probably looking at this and saying: "WHAT?! Phantom! I can't do that! I need a character now before my idea goes away!" Well if you have an idea for a plot already that's great, WRITE IT DOWN! That way when you take your time to create a well developed character you can always find your plot and remember/edit it. But for now take some time to relax, and let your mind wander to places. Watch movies, listen to the radio, listen to your Mp3 player or I-pod. Run around! Go outside! Go to the mall and people watch. I don't care what you do just do something! And once you've done that, do something else!

Then when you come back to reality, your house, wherever, DO NOT START TO WRITE!! Not yet! By now you've had plenty of sources from which Inspiration can flow from, so for now take a nap, sit and think, eat something, etc. Just relax. Then when you've had time to let your body take all this wonderful inspiration in then pick up your pen, or turn on your computer, and start to write out the general things for your character.

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Posted 6 Years Ago

sounds easy, but in reality it is very hard for me as I get too busy with other things. lol

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Posted 7 Years Ago

Good advice for how to slow down the left hemisphere (or right, if you're a lefty) and let the creative half of the brain do its work.

Also good advice to write down any ideas even without a character in mind. I've done this and had good results.

Sometimes character comes first, but no writer should reject a good plot or setting idea just because no character has shown up yet.
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