Lesson 1: The Simple Characteristics

Lesson 1: The Simple Characteristics

A Lesson by TopHatGirl
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The basics of character creating.

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      So, you're starting a piece of writing. Hooray! Well, as any person knows, a good piece of writing mostly needs a good character. Well, most mistakes people make is giving your character a name first. You shouldn't really do that, because then you start to build a different personality around that name. You wouldn't really name a character Bob then make him a handsome prince, would you? So, forget about the name for a second. First, the basics. Think about these things when creating a character:
  
                   Female of Male? (Important-especially if your writing in third person. You would want to know whether or not to but he, or she.)
 
                    Age? (Less important, but still up there. We would want to know if the guy was 93 and could jog a mile in thirty seconds.)


                    Species? (Is this person human, faerie, dragon, other?)

                     Unusual quirk? (What makes this certain character unique? Can they walk through walls? Been asleep for fifty years? Wear hiking boots with every outfit, even formal wear? Maybe not a basic, but important.)
 
                 Once you know these things, you know more about your character. You can form a relationship with them. But you still aren't down to the nitty-gritty of he/she. Get more in depth with your character in the next lesson.



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Posted 5 Months Ago


Thank you.

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Posted 7 Months Ago


Very helpful.

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Posted 1 Year Ago


...the grammatical errors are like pieces of fiberglass stuck in my skin. They're small and there's nothing I can do about them but they're irritating me and no amount of scratching will help!

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Posted 1 Year Ago


Definitely agree with not naming the character first! I think a lot of people also get stressed out over names, and never actually start writing.

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Posted 1 Year Ago


Great ! This is very helpful

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Posted 1 Year Ago


Thank you, I'm hoping to write a series that I think a lot of people will enjoy and your post will help.

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Posted 2 Years Ago


I love this! It actually reminds me of something my favorite English professor said to our class...she had told us to forget about creating the title for our essays/papers, to save that for the very LAST step in our writing. She explained that if we made the title our "step 1" there was a good chance we'd be setting ourselves up for a more challenging writing process...that we'd end up trying to shape our writing to fit the title, instead of the other way around. Our title would be given more importance than the work it was meant to introduce.

It would be like sitting down at the dinner table to eat but you haven't even started cooking anything yet...

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Posted 3 Years Ago


Good!

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Posted 4 Years Ago


EXCELLENT! This is good :)

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Posted 4 Years Ago


Great tip! I have a tendency just to invent a character without sketching out the background. I'm not sure mine are well developed because of that.

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Hi, I'm TopHatGirl! If you're here about my character lessons or to get some advice, email me instead of messaging at brightflower17@yahoo.com. This is because I don't go on this site as much anym..