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Character Development: Creative Writing

Character Development: Creative Writing
Print version Characters are the most important component of any narrative. Without them, there would be no story. Character development is an important skill to master because characters are important parts of any creative writing from books and short stories, from biographies and autobiographies, to poetry. The development of a character is a very detailed process, and one that requires a lot of thought. Physical Details about the character: Is he/she short, tall, thin, old, etc? Schaefer and Diamond also state that character development is more effective when the author reveals traits about the character through the ways mentioned above and allows the reader to make his/her own judgments, rather than stating character traits directly. Option 2 is a more effective approach because it allows the readers to form judgments about the young boy themselves, rather than simply accepting the author’s word for it. His/her family: relationships, beliefs, habits, religion, activities, etc. Related:  Game Master

Other - How to Create Realistic and Believable Characters How to Create Realistic and Believable Characters 1. Before you think of your character, you need to think of your character's purpose. Is their purpose to hinder your character? Help him? Is he the main character? 2. 3. 4. Quick Tips: · The most important thing is to treat your character like a real person. · Remember that your character is not a real person. · Make sure your main character changes through his experiences. · Give reasons for your characters' personality traits. · Stay within the boundaries of your character's personality!

The Art of Character Development As authors, it is our Duty To create lovable, enticing Characters And do horrible, evil things to Them. This guide is designed to help people with writer's block, role-players of all levels, and people who are just interested in psychology and philosophy as it applies to fiction. Here you'll find tips, examples, suggestions, general information to aid in creating rounded fictional characters for your stories and/or RPGs, and perhaps even information useful for everyday life. There are many aspects of character development, and your character could be nearly as deep and complete as anyone you might know in real life. However, there are basic keys to fleshing out a character that can help break through blocks and get you and your creation on their way to a great story. ♦ Being informed is a vital part of all storytelling. ♦ Learn the importance of Point of View and Background. ♦ Motivation and Alignment: "Good" VS "Evil", what drives your character. The characters come before the story.

Names for Villains: 5 Tips to Help You Choose a Name for the Baddie When creating villains, it's all too tempting to give them a name that embodies their evilness. It's important, however, to keep in mind the normal conventions of naming. Names tend to reveal something about location, year, ethnicity, or nationality-not whether a person is destined to be a tyrannical overlord. Always think about the villain's parents. Would they really name their kid "Diablo?" That doesn't mean you need to saddle your villain with a name like Ted or Mary, but think about plausibility before naming your villain. Names for Villains Tip 1: Picking a neutral name Like I mentioned earlier, choosing a name based on traditional factors is the easiest way to achieve plausibility. But let's face it. Names for Villains Tip 2: Using evil-sounding names or names with dark meanings Do you want to slyly suggest to your readers your character is a sadistic bastard? If you want to reveal something about the character through their name, keep the villains' motive in mind. Conclusion

Mary Sue Test Background A Mary Sue is an unrealistic type of literary character commonly created by inexperienced authors. Although they vary, a typical Mary Sue has an unreasonable number of cool or special traits, especially ones the author wishes he or she had, and they tend to accomplish things too easily, solve problems too neatly, and become the center of attention whether they deserve it or not. This test aims to help authors evaluate whether their characters are in danger of becoming Mary Sues by drawing attention to potentially problematic traits. When taking this test, be honest, but keep it in perspective and remember context. The test has seven sections: This test comes from this thread in the Writer's Block subforum on TV Tropes. Section 1: Author Avatars There's nothing wrong with using yourself as the basis for a character. Generally, items in this section score one point each. Scoring -28-0: Your character may be an antihero. 1-10: Your character is understated. Return to top

Personality Traits List We've heard this line many times from friends, family and others, "Oh that's just the way he/she is. It's in his/her personality to behave that way." We use the term 'personality' so loosely that we have forgotten to analyze what it truly means. Wouldn't the world be absolutely dull and ridiculously boring if we all were of the same personality type? It gives us all a sense of individuality, separating one from those who do not possess the same traits that would solely define you. List of Personality Traits There are all kinds of personality traits that a person can possess, making us very different from others. Active Austere Anxious Awkward Angry Arrogant Attentive Amiable Animated Aggressive Annoyed Alert Boastful Brilliant Bashful Bad Brainy Babyish Bossy Brutish Brave Bold Bright Blunt Careless Committed Charming Confused Clumsy Confident Cautious Critical Consistent Conceited Cultured Crafty Cheerful Candid Clever Creative Capable Caring Calm Civilized Diligent Disloyal Decisive Dark Dreamer Dishonest Dutiful Devoted Distressed Dull

Top 10 Tricks to Make your Villain Stand Out Welcome back to the column that breaks down gaming into what’s really important, ten things at a time! Any story arc needs a good villain. The best big bads are more than just another devil or vampire or dragon. These ten suggestions can help take your villain above and beyond the ordinary and give your players a more memorable game. 1. Why do people follow this villain? 2. The villain should have a single overriding goal that drives all his or her actions. 3. Along with the goal, place concrete steps the villain needs to take to reach the goal. 4. The villain should be making progress if nobody is stopping him or her. 5. Give your villain a weakness the adventurers can figure out and exploit. 6. Avoid faceless or generic threats. 7. Make the villain’s presence known in every corner of the campaign. 8. One of the best ways to make the villain’s presence known is by reusing symbols and calling cards. 9. 10. Powered By DT Author Box Written by loganbonner Rating: 4.2/5 (25 votes cast)

What is Character Development? I remember back when cameras had something inside them called film that you had to get developed. For those of you college-aged or younger, that’s where a technician would treat the film with some chemicals inside a mysterious darkened room, and an image would magically appear on the special paper. But if the process went awry, you could end up with an underdeveloped image that was dark or fuzzy, or one that was over-exposed and therefore too washed out to see clearly. The key to getting a crisp clear photograph largely depended on how the technician developed the film. If we want readers to have a vibrant mental image of our characters, we have to spend some time in the dark room. GIVEAWAY: Tom is excited to give away a free copy of his novel to a random commenter. Guest column by Tom Pawlik, the highly imaginative, Christy Award-winning author of several novels, including the thriller,BECKON (2012, Tyndale House), as well as the novella “Recollection” from the 7 Hours anthology. 1.

Guide for Writers: Characters Most stories are remembered for their characters, not specific plot points. If you want to write a memorable story, create memorable characters. They do not need to be believable — they need to be dramatic. It Takes Two Often, the best stories are deceptively simple: there are two main characters for the reader to follow. The central character is the character a reader or viewer “follows” through the story. The opposition character can be “good” or “evil” depending on the role of the central character. Grand Central Characters A grand central character is a complete character. What is the character’s active goal? An active goal is a specific, measurable goal. While the goal is known to the character, his or her emotional need seldom is. The reason the character fails to see a need is usually a character flaw. Finally, as the story progresses you should reveal the backstory of the central character. Creating Characters Character creation — and development — requires the hubris of Dr.