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 Years Ago


EXCELLENT! This is good :)

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Posted 5 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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Posted 6 Years Ago


love this!!!!

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Posted 6 Years Ago


Thanks for the help. I was going and reading old fictions of mine and noticing that my characters didn't have much of a backbone or base. They were kind of stale because I didn't release very much information about them other than their names and gender. Thanks a lot.

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Posted 6 Years Ago


A basic set up but it works! :D I liked the not naming the character first, but i'm horrible about that ^^;. But the quirks are a good thing because it makes the characters more relate-able (at least from what i have found). You don't want a superhero character that is just plain perfect because it would just get boring! :D Great post it helps with the muses that chatter to much.

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Posted 6 Years Ago


I like that you put the "unusual quirk" bit. I think that it's those little things that your characters do that may not always jump off the page that make the character real to the reader. Over time those small details add up and create a person that you can relate to and learn to either love or hate.

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Posted 7 Years Ago


Everyone creates characters differently, but I think this is a pretty basic template that anyone can go by. Also, I like what you said about not naming them first.

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Posted 7 Years Ago


Very helpful :)

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Posted 7 Years Ago


Thanks for the information, I think this is a good idea.
As I am beginning to put together my first piece that will be posted, creating the characters is important, as giving them the suitable names for the story that I am writing.

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Posted 7 Years Ago


This is really helpful, thanks for posting this. :)

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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..