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    Thomas (CrØss_Bl₳de)

    If I were to mention any of my writing problems, creating characters that are different and unique would be the first I’d mention. And chances are, I already have.

    Some of you guys and gals out there are probably really good at this already, and that great you lucky little… (Tells self that if I don’t have anything nice to say, I should keep my mouth shut. I’d never say anything mean to you guys)

    I can basically make two kinds of characters: Me, and the opposite of me. (Such original, much unique)

    Any thoughts?

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    @thewirelessblade hmmmm… How do I create my characters?… *nervous laughter* I think I generally think up a person to fit the story idea I have, but if you want to just create a character… *bloop ‘person’* Okay what do they look like? Do this next so you can visualize them. Let’s say black hair, brown eyes, guy. What do you like?
    Character: Computers.
    Okay why?
    C: I play games.
    C: My life is a mess.
    Perfect! I mean, I’m so sorry what’s wrong?
    C: My cat died…

    C: He was the last thing my sister gave me before…
    Before what? *silent manical laughter*
    C: She changed…
    C: She’s a criminal. A hacker.
    I know who your sister should be! Alice. You poor kid…
    C: I’m her older brother. I’m in my twenties.
    You poor character then… you’re life is so hard already. But it’s nice to know that Alice does have a heart after all.
    C: She still wants to kill you.
    Yeah you’re probably right…

    Where was I? Sorry I got distracted… Maybe that can help you though, if not I’ll figure something else out. 😉

    When your wings are weak and you feel like you can't fly any farther you're halfway there!

    Parker Hankins

    @thewirelessblade, here’s a list of questions to ask your character. It may help.

    Character Interview



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    Sarah Baran

    @thewirelessblade Look at the people around you. What makes them different? What makes them unique? How do they respond to certain situations compared to others? I believe that watching and understanding a wide variety of people is a crucial building block in creating a wide variety of characters.

    Also, reading about different personality types is always useful. How much do you know about MBTI?

    INTJ ➸ https://thesarcasticelf.wordpress.com/

    The Inkspiller

    @thewireless blade

    Actually, your self can be an excellent resource for creating characters that are apparently entirely unlike you.

    Begin Condensed Pitch:

    For a long time, I lived as a hypocritical Christian. When I came to Christ in truth, and I desired to write God-honoring fiction, I drew inspiration from my past life, my doubts and weaknesses, and from my sin struggles to create my characters. I’ll list two to keep this list short and kosher:

    1) I have always struggled with pride and always trying to clean myself up, do things my way, and reap glory for myself – desiring to do things the hard way not because they were right but because I wanted to be recognized for my skill and merit independent of other people. Even now I hold myself to a standard I rarely meet and my attempts to reach it are often more pathetic than heroic whenever I fail to call upon God to guide my actions. From this failed perfectionism and selfish noble-mindedness sprang my character Erhard, the noble squire whose blind pursuit of glory and honor lead him into abhorrent and disgusting deeds that he later comes to regret after a life of suffering and hardship, some of it borne by him, much of it by those he loves. In the process, he learns that true honor does not come from praises to one’s name, but from living and acting in and from grace. (Or something like that, I’m condensing a lot.)

    2) I am by nature a passive and loyal individual, yet I am also continually resentful of authority. I do genuinely desire to help others, yet I also resent the burden which that places on me – in addition to the mandatory burdens of being under authority (in contrast to what we are taught by Paul, to be joyful and obedient to bad masters as well as good ones.) I find myself harboring unkind thoughts and desires even when I know that I love this person. From this double-minded loyal resentfulness came the character Myrrha – a sorceress apprentice who both loves and hates her distant mistress, Minerva. She pursues an ideal of total liberty, and finds in her quest that such freedom is not possible without sacrificing all the ties which really matter; family, friendships, love and affection – all things that really matter in life require the sacrifice of some measure of liberty, and she has to figure out how she is going to define herself – by her liberties or by her duties.

    The common trend here is that I model my characters after an ideal that they pursue, and how their attempts to reach that ideal fail and the answers that they receive from their quest.

    I hope that this has been helpful. It’s been a struggle to write coherently today. 😛

    Non nobis Domine, sed nomini, Tuo da gloriam.

    Andrew Schmidt

    @thewirelessblade, yeah, like @ethryndal said, checking out personality types may help.

    I have this one character, Wilton Thurlow, who I wanted to be the ‘old wise man,’ because I just felt like I just had to have one. But that may have been a bit cliché, so I added a funny characteristic to him: he likes strawberry jam.

    But as I continued, I came up with another idea: for him to also be a spy.

    That way, adding characteristics and stuff to characters to make them not so bland, can make them more unique and interesting.

    "Muhahaha!"- Unknown Villain

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