never, ever use the e-word in your writing. does your character have green e***? no. they have verdant orbs, leafy pools, bright emerald fields resting on their face
Checklist for character development.
Created by myself, compiled from questions gleaned from several sources, and some of my own additions.
It should be noted, that not every character will check every one of these things off. It is not REQUIRED to have all this information, but this checklist is, rather, a guideline for helping you think of your character as an entire, three dimentional being with thoughts, feelings, possessions, contradictions and background.
A character is 20% revealed to the reader, 80% writer/author/Mun knowledge. What the Reader sees is just the tip of the iceburg, but without the other 80% the character can’t help but come off feeling shallow. There’s nothing beneath the surface - KNOWING as much bout your character as possible, instrinsicly, in detail, intimately, can do nothing but help build believability and dimension to your character.
Use only the things on this list that you feel are important, but I would like to remind you that the reader learns a lot about a character NOT through exposition (that’s kind of a cheat, and always feels , to me, like a rather clunky way of conveying knowlege), but through their actions, quirks, thoughts, and even through the things they own and carry with them. What kind of food they eat and how they eat it. What they wear. What they carry in their wallets. I encourage you, as writers, to consider these things when creating a character, and encourage you MORE to leave the exposition out and tell us about your character through these other means!
If nothing else, this will give you a LOT to work with when writing with your character. Maybe it’ll spur you to write about the character’s parents. Or the relationship between them and their family. Maybe you’ll find yourself inspired to write something about how they lost everything in a fire - and the importance each remembered lost item held.
There is certainly no rule that says you HAVE to do it this way, but invariably, the most memorable characters are the ones that we as readers can relate with. It’s hard to relate with just words - but people - with beliefs and dreams and fears - that’s something we can get behind.
I certainly hope you find this useful, and since so many have been inclined to reblog and like this, I shall endeavor to add more character creation and writing tips, lists and excercises up on this blog!
I think this is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
i think i just orgasmed
Shopping dirty - Vine by Manon Mathews
People play in and around the water blocked off at Le Havre Beach in Normandy, France, 1936.Photograph by W. Robert Moore, National Geographic
Visual Development from Enchanted
These Roman Numerals are the offshoot of classical typography and architecture; the stems become Ionic columns; the shoulders, semicircular arches; and the crossbars, friezes. Between them, they also work as modules to play with and create small constructions. Symbolically, in the same way that the objective of mathematics is to discover the universe, so numbers are the bricks that form that universe.”
Will Ho, Starry Ocean (2014)
"While vacationing on the Maldives Islands, Taiwanese photographer Will Ho stumbled onto an incredible stretch of beach covered in millions of bioluminescent phytoplankton. These tiny organisms glow similarly to fireflies and tend to emit light when stressed, such as when waves crash or when they are otherwise agitated. While the phenomenon and its chemical mechanisms have been known for some time, biologists have only recently began to understand the reasons behind it. You can see a few more of Ho’s photographs over on Flickr." - Christopher Jobson
Hey everyone! As NaNoWriMo approaches, and the month of November itself, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a masterpost of tips, techniques, and preparation exercises. I did not make any of the content listed below myself, so credit goes directly to the respective content creators. Happy writing, and remember- keep your head up. It’s not about quality, it’s about finishing. You got this. Good luck.
- 10 Tips from the Writing Box
- Five Things I Wish I’d Known Going Into My First NaNoWriMo
- Pre-NaNoWriMo Tips
- October 31st Planning Advice
- How To: Write a Novel in 30 Days
- How To: Start Your Novel
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective Writers
- Is Your Novel Working?
- Story Idea Generator
- How To: Reach Your NaNoWriMo Goal
- Staying Motivated
GENERAL WRITING TIPS:
- Developing a Well Paced Novel
- How To: Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method
- The Opening Hook
- How To: Write a Novel
- Effectively Outlining Your Plot
- Developing Your Style
- Novel Outlining 101
- 9 Simple Writing Habits
- Dialogue Writing
- Busting Your Writing Rut
- Name Generator
- Name Playground
- Behind the Name
- Characterization Tips
- Character Chart
- Seven Common Character Types
- Advice for Writing Specific Characters
- Pre-Writing Characters
- Main Character Tropes
- Creating a Likeable Character
- The Universal Mary Sue Test
- Myers Briggs Personality Test
- 100 Positive Traits
- Character Development Exercises
- Eight Bad Characters
- Using Mental Illness in Your Writing
- Family Tree Designer
- 123 Character Flaws
- Writing Realistic Platonic Male Friendships
- Writing Intriguing Male and Female Characters
- Writing POCs
- Writing Sexuality
- Writing Primary Characters
- Writing Secondary Characters
PLOT & CONFLICT:
- How To: Write Without a Plot
- 36 Dramatic Situations
- Tips for Writing a Compelling Plot
- Plot Development
- The Art of Foreshadowing
- Plotting Without Fears
- What is Conflict?
- Conflict Test
- 5 Tips for Writing an Effective Plot Twist
- How To: Outline Your Novel in 30 Minutes
- 25 Ways to Plot, Plan, and Prep
- Plot Bank
- The ABCs (and Ds and Es) of Plot Development
- 12 Things to Keep in Mind When Writing an Ending
- Various Plot Resources
THIS MAKES ME EXCITED FOR EVERYONE DOING NANAWRIMO.
Do you ever stop and think that we’re all demigods trapped in a mortal AU