Creating Characters

The most exciting thing about a story is the people within them. Their thoughts, words and actions lead us around a portion of their lives. Without them, our words would be concentrated on the thoughts, personifications and descriptions of scenery and creatures. Characters can provide a sense of excitement if they are well thought out. In order for a character to become real to the reader they need to be formed, tested and practiced.When first forming a character, or brainchild, there are many different ways on how to start. Such as physical features, name, background information or personality. A preferred way is to start with their physical features or name but it really depends on who you are and what adventure they are meant for. When constructing their physical features most writers begin with the face. DO NOT MAKE THEM INCREDIBLY GORGEOUS OR UGLY. Good or awful looks are determined by other’s opinions. Leave room for doubt. Within your text you can suggest to the reader through other characters point of view that they are lovely or unattractive beyond description but to say straight out that they are in the extremes of the attractiveness range isn’t very descriptive. It is suggested to have an artist, such as yourself or another, to draw up your brainchild. This allows you to see with your eyes what you imagine within your head. Their image doesn’t fade away easily or change on the paper unless you decide that they aren’t the person whom you wish to have your audience see. Don’t think of your character only as a subject on a page, let them become your friend.Placing a brainchild within a scenario to see how they will unfold is a delicate procedure. When you draw them up in ink or pen you want to try to keep them the same person you originally made them out to be. With time they can change and morph into a version of you instead. Depending on their personality this can be a good or bad thing. When they change into a version of yourself they become easier to write and don’t conflict with your own views quite as much. They become easier to cope with and you have a better view of their mind set. The danger of this is the laziness that can be produced. You become so use to writing them that you forget who they are and start typing up what you would do instead. You want to be close to your character so that you know them inside and out but not close enough that they simply disappear out of existence.

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