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Offline Hasith

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Discussion - Character creation
« on: November 28, 2009, 10:58:03 PM »
Creating Characters is one of the most important aspects of story writing. This topic is dedicated to talk about anything related to Character creation. If there are any specail notes or links Coryn or I ll Update the OP.

Everyone has their own methods and ways  for creating characters for their stories. This can play a big part in quality of the story. Using a character sheet is the best approach for This IMO. This is somthing we do in game development but I think same concept can be used for story writing too.

Here are the usual things we use for a character sheet.

    * Character Name
    * Personality
    * Family and friends (parents, siblings, spouses, and close friends : details about how things going between them)
    * School/Occupation
    * Social status
    * Financial background
    * Pets
    * Date and place of birth
    * Appearance
    * achievements/failures
    * Hopes and fears

These are just basics but there are lot more things you can consider. It would be a good start telling how you would create a character. About your methods. We can continue from there.


Edit : I found this very detailed version of character sheet or Character Creation Form as the author say.


Date this form was created:
Full name of Character:
Reason, meaning or purpose behind the name:
Nickname:
Reason for nickname:
Race:
Occupation/class:
Social class:

Physical Appearance:

Age:
How old they appear:
Eye Color:
Glasses or contacts?
Hair color length and style:
Weight and height:
Type of body (build):
Skin tone and type (i.e., harry, slimy, scaly, oily, fair, burns easily):
Shape of face:
Distinguishing marks (dimples, moles, scars, birthmarks, etc.):
Predominant feature:
Is s/he healthy?
If not, why not? Or why are they healthy?
Do they look healthy? Why/why not?

Favorites:

Char’s favorite color:
Least favorite, why?
Music?
Least favorite music, why?
Food:
Literature:
Expressions:
Expletives (curse):
Mode of transport:
Hobbies:
How do they spend a rainy day?

Personality:

Are they a daredevil or cautious?
Do they act the same alone as when with someone?
Habits:
Drinks:
How much:
Greatest Strength:
Greatest Weakness:
Soft spot:
Is their soft spot obvious, why/why not:
If not, how do they hide it:
Biggest Vulnerability:

Background:

Hometown:
Type of childhood:
First Memory:
Most important child hood event that still effects him/her:
Why?
Education:
Religion:
Finances:

Family:

Mother:
Relationship with her:
Father:
Relationship with him:
Siblings, How many, relationship with each:
Children of siblings:
Other extended family:
Close? Why or why not:

Attitude:

Most at ease when:
Most ill at ease when:
Priorities:
Philosophies:
How they feel about themselves:
Past failure they would be embarrassed to admit:
Why?
If granted one wish what would it be, why?

Traits:

Optimist or pessimist? Why?
Introvert or extrovert? Why?
Drives and motives:
Talents:
Extremely skilled at:
Extremely unskilled at:
Good characteristics:
Character flaws:
Mannerisms:
Peculiarities:
Biggest regret:
Minor regrets:
Biggest accomplishment:
Minor accomplishments:
Darkest secret:
Does anyone know?
How did they find out:

Self-perception:

One word they would use to describe themselves:
One paragraph of how they would describe themselves:
What do they consider their best physical characteristic and why:
The worst one? Why?
Are they realistic assessments?
If not, why not?
How they think others preserve them:
What four things would they most like to change about themselves:
Why?
If they were changed would they be the same person, why/why not:
Would changing of number 1 make them more happy? Why/why not:

Interaction with other people:

How do they relate to others:
How are they perceived by strangers:
Friends:
Wife/husband/lover:
The Hero/Heroin:
How do they view the Hero/Heroine:
First impression of the char:
why?
What happens to change this perception:
What do people like most about this char:
What do they dislike most about them:

Goals:

Immediate:
Long term:
How do they plan to accomplish them:
How will others be effected by this:

Problems/Crisis:

How do they react in a crisis:
How do they face problems:
Kind of problems they usually run into:
How they react to new problems:
How they react to change:

General :

Favorite clothing, why:
Least favorite, why:
Jewelry:
Other accessories:
Drives:
Where do they live:
Where do they want to live:
Spending habits, why:
What do they do too much of, why:
Most prized possession, why:
People they secretly admire, why:
Person they are most influenced by, why:
Most important person in their life before story starts, why:
How do they spend the week just before the story starts:

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« Last Edit: November 28, 2009, 11:12:13 PM by Hasith »

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Re: Discussion - Character creation
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2009, 11:34:03 PM »
They work well but i think they can get to complicated like that huge one there  :confused: For the main characters yeah there pretty good but i just like to make up the minor the characters as i go
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Re: Discussion - Character creation
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2009, 12:18:35 AM »
well how much you should delve into a characters is directly proportional to how big of role they will play in the story. so for more minor characters you dont have to go the whole 9 yards.

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Re: Discussion - Character creation
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2009, 12:30:47 AM »
Even for my main characters, I don't put too much thought into them. When I design my characters, I mostly base them on their purpose in the story, how they grow, and the important message that I want to get across.

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Re: Discussion - Character creation
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2009, 01:26:09 AM »
well if you only do that much sai your characters will be lacking in the area that really makes them human.

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Re: Discussion - Character creation
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2009, 01:30:53 AM »
personally, I like to create my characters basic principles first, tehn design their clothing based on tehir profession and role in teh story, then let the design sit for a bit. After a while, I'll go back and create a more detailed revision of info for a character

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Re: Discussion - Character creation
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2009, 02:01:02 AM »
I disagree with you Coryn. Taking my character creation method, I created Izuna for my Assassin's Guild story. The largest vehicle to move the story was based around Mujin. In Izuna's design, only a few aspects came to mind; she is motherly, skilled, and out for vengeance. From this, I only added a few more details and her character becomes fully human. She was married to the Duke of Razial who was killed by the king that she served loyally since childhood. Now she wants revenge for being cast out of her position in life and it just happened that she found Mujin being carried out of the castle as it was under siege weeks later. She then planned on using Mujin for revenge but in her heart she still cared about the royal family and didn't want to betray them.

As for Mujin himself
[Spoiler, don't read this Rob] >.<

The whole point of AG was created to have the final emotion of heartache. Mujin was based on the archetype of the hero who must kill his father to restore balance to the universe. He is a prince of exile, his being one of death, that must return to a home he has never known and do what is right for everyone.

After getting down the basic concept of a character, what they're capable of, and their role in the story it's easy to make them "real" without over-complicating their design. It's really a matter of what the individual writer needs to express these characters. To me, how the character is used makes them more human than their description.
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Re: Discussion - Character creation
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2009, 11:32:04 AM »
yeah but by fleshing out all of the aspects you get a much deeper character. frankly some people are looking for more than a job description in the characters they read about.

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Re: Discussion - Character creation
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2009, 11:43:01 AM »
:hmm: that's a long list  :hmm: I think you could take some of them out, if they don''t really mean anything to the story... But you might also look at this and get idea  :hmm: This could be used on drawing as well
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Re: Discussion - Character creation
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2009, 12:03:11 PM »
not really kite. because most of these things dont really fit into the process of drawing a character. but if your writing a character they're all very useful

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Re: Discussion - Character creation
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2009, 12:13:26 PM »
You also create a character when you draw  :hmm:
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Re: Discussion - Character creation
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2009, 12:52:03 PM »
yes but just drawing a character is different than doing the writing that involves the character.

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Re: Discussion - Character creation
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2009, 02:50:34 PM »
That's right  :)

But the core of what I meant was, that use the list as a guide... kinda ;) (I know I might have said different?)  :laughing11:

For example:
Religion: Buddhist - draw a Buddhist... A BALD Buddhist  :hmm: A monk-like Buddhist... With a staff
Mother: Big Mama - draw a guy besides his mother, and the guy says: "My mother", while looking at the floor... ashamed  :-\
Achievements/Failures: Yada-yada-yada you know where I'm heading at  :laughing11: Inspiration
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« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2009, 06:51:57 PM »
 :confused: ummmmm... yeah

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Re: Discussion - Character creation
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2009, 12:12:05 AM »
cool, see this is the kind of writing hints and tips i was looking for!!!.. thanks .. this will get me started more quickly and organized now.. i really hope to see more topics like these in the near future... thanks again :D
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