How to write a Character!

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How to write a Character!

PostPosted by Dakara » Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:07 pm

E-how wrote:Step 1


The first thing that you should figure out is the basics. These questions should be the building blocks of any good personality.


* What is your character's full name?
* Where and when were they born?
* Who are their parents?
* Do they have any siblings? If so, who are they?
* Where do they live and who with?
* What is their occupation?
* What do they look like?
* Do they have any diseases, allergies, or physical weaknesses?
* What words or phrases do they use that defines them?
* Do they have any quirks, strange mannerisms, annoying habits, or other characteristics that are specific to them.


Step 2


Now that we have our basic building blocks for our character, our next step is to describe their history. It is our history that defines who we become. Because of that, we need to know what happened to our character in the past.

* How would you describe the character's childhood in general?
* What is their earliest memory?
* What was their school like and how did they like it there?
* Where did they learn the skills and abilities that they most use in the present?
* When growing up, did they have any role models?
* When growing up, how did they get along with their family?
* What did they want to be when they were a child?
* When they were a child, were they popular? What were their friends like?
* When was their first kiss and who with?
* Who was their first love?
* Are they a virgin, and if not, when and with whom did they lose their virginity?
* Describe any influences in their past which led them into becoming the person that they are today.
* What do they consider to be the most important event of their life so far?
* Who has had the most influence on them and why?
* What do they consider to be their greatest achievement?
* What is their greatest regret?
* Do they have a criminal record of any kind? If so, why?
* What is the most embarassing thing that has ever happened to them?
* What is their best and worst memory?


Step 3


The next thing that we need to work on is our character's beliefs. Now we are getting into the closest parts of their soul.

* Are they an optimist or a pessismist?
* What is your character's greatest fear?
* What is their religion?
* What are their political views?
* What are their views on sex?
* What are their views on violence and killing?
* What do they feel is the most evil thing that a human being could do?
* What are their views on true love?
* How honest are they?
* Are they biased or prejudiced in any way?
* Is there anything that they would simply refuse to do no matter what the circumstances?
* Is there anyone or anything that they would die for?


Step 4



Now let's move on to more matters of the heart. It's time to start exploring our character's relationships.

* How do they treat others in general?
* Who is the most important person in their lives and why?
* Who is the person that they respect the most and why?
* Who are their friends?
* Do they have a spouse or a significant other?
* Have they ever been in love?
* What is their ideal mate?
* How close are they to their family?
* Do they have children? If not, do they want them?
* Who would they turn to for help?
* Do they trust anyone to protect them? If so, then who?
* If they suddenly went missing, who would come looking for them?
* Who is the person that they hate the most?
* Do they tend to argue with people or avoid conflict?
* Do they tend to take on positions of leadership?
* Do they like interacting with large groups of people?
* Do they care about how others think about them?

Step 5


So now we have come to the last part of our character, the little things that help us define who they really are.

* What is their favorite hobbies and pastimes?
* What is their most treasured possession?
* What is their favorite food?
* What is their favorite color?
* What do they do for entertainment?
* How do they deal with stress?
* Do they tend to plan things out, or do they tend to be more spontaneous?
* What are their pet peeves?
* What is their greatest strength?
* What is their greatest weakness?
* If they could change one thing about themselves, what would it be?
* Are they an introvert or an extrovert?
* Are they organized or messy?
* What things do they consider themselves good at?
* What things do they consider themselves terrible at?
* Do they like themselves?
* What goals do they hope to accomplish in their lifetime?
* Where do they see themselves in 5 years?
* What is the one thing that they want to be remembered for after they die?

Step 6


Remember, these questions are meant to be a jumping point for your character, not the only things that you should answer. Each question can lead to an explaination that should help you move on to more in depth questions that are specific to your character. Usually, these answers will come up in your plots.

Just remember: be creative and have fun! That is the most important thing when writing! Good luck!
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Re: How to write a Character!

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:20 pm

Or do it like I do.

Step 1: Find Picture
Step 2: Make Character

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Re: How to write a Character!

PostPosted by Kaiowa » Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:21 pm

Ryuuchi wrote:Or do it like I do.

Step 1: Find Picture
Step 2: Make Character

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Re: How to write a Character!

PostPosted by Tsuneo » Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:25 pm

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Re: How to write a Character!

PostPosted by Ibaku » Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:40 pm

There is also the Ibaku method:

1. Find a picture.
2. Give it a name.
3. Find friends.
4. Commence epic.
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Re: How to write a Character!

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:59 pm

Ibaku wrote:There is also the Ibaku method:

1. Find a picture.
2. Give it a name.
3. Find friends.
4. Commence epic.


Stop copying my method!

And At least Dak made Meimu give up on her class...that's a plus

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Re: How to write a Character!

PostPosted by Tsuneo » Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:41 pm

No Meims, you should do it because this class here is...fail.
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Re: How to write a Character!

PostPosted by Dakara » Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:04 pm

Ryuuchi wrote:Or do it like I do.

Step 1: Find Picture
Step 2: Make Character


Wow. Very nice constructive criticism

Ibaku wrote:There is also the Ibaku method:

1. Find a picture.
2. Give it a name.
3. Find friends.
4. Commence epic.
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Again, very constructive.

Tsuneo wrote:No Meims, you should do it because this class here is...fail.


I will remember that when I think one of your classes is poorly made. ._.

If you guys have got nothing good to say about this, don't post.

EDIT: And frankly, I am finding the trend of calling other people's work fail, appalling. We are here to express creativity, and when you do that, you suppress it.
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Re: How to write a Character!

PostPosted by Tsuneo » Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:30 pm

::takes off the soft gloves::

Okay. Few things.

1. Did you even write this? Because it says E-how wrote, so I somehow doubt it. Why would you bother posting something you didn't write?
1a. If you did write it, why the crap did you put e-how wrote? That's just confusing and part of the reason your are getting bombarded by hate.

2. This checklist is barely more than an expanded profile template. It has you thinking about things like "NAME". NAME! I know the name. Making the name should be obvious. Anyone that needs to be told to make a name is probably under the age of 5, and they don't have the capacity to make a pot anyway.

3. This checklist is a horrible way to do a character. Why? Because they divide up the key components of a person. Let's take a look.

From section 1: * Do they have any quirks, strange mannerisms, annoying habits, or other characteristics that are specific to them.

From section 4: * How do they treat others in general?

From section 5: * What is their favorite color?

What do we see here? Three questions that are intended to make a player think about another character. Now I won't discuss whether or not these questions are or are not obvious or relevant, but I will point out this:

Do you think the answers from section 1 should affect section 4 and section 5?
In my opinion, they should. The mannerisms may affect their color of clothing depending on their favorite color. Their mannerism will change how they treat people, because there's a feedback loop from how people treat them regarding their mannerisms. If they're really really quirky, they will probably be off-putting to other people and therefore more introverted or perhaps more stand off-ish. It's just an example, there are a lot of ways this could go.

My point is that where this guide fails is that it is too compartmentalized in its organization. While the guide does state "Each question can lead to an explaination [sic] that should help you move on to more in depth questions that are specific to your character" it does not demonstrate how the sections can, and should, interact with each other. It falls into the trap that the "Mundane" questions are less important to a characters overall development when they can be just as or even more important, depending on how you build it.

Building a character in this way results in contradictory characters that have compartmentalized reactions. They turn into confusing beings who act one way for a particular reason, then another for an entirely different reason and often times those reactions do not accurately portray the person as a whole.

So there.
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Re: How to write a Character!

PostPosted by Seishin » Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:37 pm

By his own admission he wanted us to read what eHow.com wrote about character development.

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Re: How to write a Character!

PostPosted by Dakara » Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:47 pm

Tsuneo wrote:::takes off the soft gloves::

Okay. Few things.

1. Did you even write this? Because it says E-how wrote, so I somehow doubt it. Why would you bother posting something you didn't write?
1a. If you did write it, why the crap did you put e-how wrote? That's just confusing and part of the reason your are getting bombarded by hate.

2. This checklist is barely more than an expanded profile template. It has you thinking about things like "NAME". NAME! I know the name. Making the name should be obvious. Anyone that needs to be told to make a name is probably under the age of 5, and they don't have the capacity to make a pot anyway.

3. This checklist is a horrible way to do a character. Why? Because they divide up the key components of a person. Let's take a look.

From section 1: * Do they have any quirks, strange mannerisms, annoying habits, or other characteristics that are specific to them.

From section 4: * How do they treat others in general?

From section 5: * What is their favorite color?

What do we see here? Three questions that are intended to make a player think about another character. Now I won't discuss whether or not these questions are or are not obvious or relevant, but I will point out this:

Do you think the answers from section 1 should affect section 4 and section 5?
In my opinion, they should. The mannerisms may affect their color of clothing depending on their favorite color. Their mannerism will change how they treat people, because there's a feedback loop from how people treat them regarding their mannerisms. If they're really really quirky, they will probably be off-putting to other people and therefore more introverted or perhaps more stand off-ish. It's just an example, there are a lot of ways this could go.

My point is that where this guide fails is that it is too compartmentalized in its organization. While the guide does state "Each question can lead to an explaination [sic] that should help you move on to more in depth questions that are specific to your character" it does not demonstrate how the sections can, and should, interact with each other. It falls into the trap that the "Mundane" questions are less important to a characters overall development when they can be just as or even more important, depending on how you build it.

Building a character in this way results in contradictory characters that have compartmentalized reactions. They turn into confusing beings who act one way for a particular reason, then another for an entirely different reason and often times those reactions do not accurately portray the person as a whole.

So there.


One, I didn't write it. I used it to make one of my characters and thought that it was pretty good. So I decided why not share it with the forum? I gave credit to the site, so I don't really see a problem. We all have different ways of making characters.

To the rest It was constructive, and you made good points, but the fact remains its your opinion and I am not going to argue about it.
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Re: How to write a Character!

PostPosted by Kipper[0308] » Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:10 pm

I think Dakara just got whopped by Tsuneo's white glove of justice.
You forget to object him, Tsu. Btw.
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Re: How to write a Character!

PostPosted by Ibaku » Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:13 pm

I think they both lost this one...

By arguing at all...
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Re: How to write a Character!

PostPosted by Physalis |0083| » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:01 pm

Funny how jsut a link where he saw it from would have saved him all this hassle. -_-
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Re: How to write a Character!

PostPosted by EVSimps » Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:45 am

Here I have some general tips for this topic:

Character Profile Worksheet


Basic Statistics

Name:
Age:
Nationality:
Socioeconomic Level as a child:
Socioeconomic Level as an adult:
Hometown:
Current Residence:
Occupation:
Income:
Talents/Skills:
Salary:
Birth order:
Siblings (describe relationship):
Spouse (describe relationship):
Children (describe relationship):
Grandparents (describe relationship):
Grandchildren (describe relationship):
Significant Others (describe relationship):
Relationship skills:


Physical Characteristics:

Height:
Weight:
Race:
Eye Color:
Hair Color:
Glasses or contact lenses?
Skin color:
Shape of Face:
Distinguishing features:
How does he/she dress?
Mannerisms:
Habits: (smoking, drinking etc.)
Health:
Hobbies:
Favorite Sayings:
Speech patterns:
Disabilities:
Style (Elegant, shabby etc.):
Greatest flaw:
Best quality:


Intellectual/Mental/Personality Attributes and Attitudes

Educational Background:
Intelligence Level:
Any Mental Illnesses?
Learning Experiences:
Character's short-term goals in life:
Character's long-term goals in life:
How does Character see himself/herself?
How does Character believe he/she is perceived by others?
How self-confident is the character?
Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?
What would most embarass this character?


Emotional Characteristics


Strengths/Weaknesses:
Introvert or Extrovert?
How does the character deal with anger?
With sadness?
With conflict?
With change?
With loss?
What does the character want out of life?
What would the character like to change in his/her life?
What motivates this character?
What frightens this character?
What makes this character happy?
Is the character judgmental of others?
Is the character generous or stingy?
Is the character generally polite or rude?


Spiritual Characteristics

Does the character believe in God?
What are the character's spiritual beliefs?
Is religion or spirituality a part of this character's life?
If so, what role does it play?


How the Character is Involved in the Story

Character's role in the novel (main character? hero? heroine? Romantic interest? etc.):
Scene where character first appears:
Relationships with other characters:
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