Lesson 1: The Simple CharacteristicsA Lesson by TopHatGirl
The basics of character creating.
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.
Added on December 22, 2009
Last Updated on May 21, 2013
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