Character Development Questions: Hard Mode

i-see-light: Does your character have siblings or family members in their age group? Which one are they closest with? What is/was your character’s relationship with their mother like? What is/was your character’s relationship with their father like? Has your character… Read moreCharacter Development Questions: Hard Mode

Diversity in International Fiction

writing-questions-answered: I got a really long (seven parts) ask from a university student in an undisclosed location, but one in which there is apparently very little racial diversity. I’m not going to post the whole thing here, but suffice it… Read moreDiversity in International Fiction

Diversity in International Fiction

writing-questions-answered: I got a really long (seven parts) ask from a university student in an undisclosed location, but one in which there is apparently very little racial diversity. I’m not going to post the whole thing here, but suffice it… Read moreDiversity in International Fiction

How do you create characters? Or do they come find you and tell you their stories?

I’m afraid it varies! It really depends on the situation. It feels too pragmatic to sound creative but too creative to sound pragmatic. On the creative end, sometimes the characters do come to me. But they usually aren’t presenting their stories… Read moreHow do you create characters? Or do they come find you and tell you their stories?

How do you create characters? Or do they come find you and tell you their stories?

I’m afraid it varies! It really depends on the situation. It feels too pragmatic to sound creative but too creative to sound pragmatic. On the creative end, sometimes the characters do come to me. But they usually aren’t presenting their stories… Read moreHow do you create characters? Or do they come find you and tell you their stories?

TO THOSE MAKING NATIVE OCS

aphromanoo: I see this a lot, no one has actual names, or any reference for names, that are legit Native American, varying among the tribes, for their characters. Babynames.com and shit like that will give you names made up by white… Read moreTO THOSE MAKING NATIVE OCS

TO THOSE MAKING NATIVE OCS

aphromanoo: I see this a lot, no one has actual names, or any reference for names, that are legit Native American, varying among the tribes, for their characters. Babynames.com and shit like that will give you names made up by white… Read moreTO THOSE MAKING NATIVE OCS

can you help me find really good character questionnaires? :)

Absolutely! I actually have some resources on my blog. 🙂 First up: my personal character questionnaire. http://writeinspiration.tumblr.com/post/109315588144/character-creation-form Name: Gender: Age appears to be: Appearance (clothing, body type, tattoos, piercings, etc.): Back story: Where their story begins in this story: Theme… Read morecan you help me find really good character questionnaires? 🙂

can you help me find really good character questionnaires? :)

Absolutely! I actually have some resources on my blog. 🙂 First up: my personal character questionnaire. http://writeinspiration.tumblr.com/post/109315588144/character-creation-form Name: Gender: Age appears to be: Appearance (clothing, body type, tattoos, piercings, etc.): Back story: Where their story begins in this story: Theme… Read morecan you help me find really good character questionnaires? 🙂

So I’m writing a book that draws from my own experiences, and as that’s the case, is it okay to use myself as a baseline for the protagonist, as long as I develop her into something uniquely her own? I don’t like the idea of a character being so similar to me, but I’m hoping she’ll be her own person eventually.

I heavily advise developing her into her own character before you start writing. Because no matter how reasonable you think she is, if someone doesn’t like her, it becomes a personal affront. One of my former professors, Dr. David Jack… Read moreSo I’m writing a book that draws from my own experiences, and as that’s the case, is it okay to use myself as a baseline for the protagonist, as long as I develop her into something uniquely her own? I don’t like the idea of a character being so similar to me, but I’m hoping she’ll be her own person eventually.

So I’m writing a book that draws from my own experiences, and as that’s the case, is it okay to use myself as a baseline for the protagonist, as long as I develop her into something uniquely her own? I don’t like the idea of a character being so similar to me, but I’m hoping she’ll be her own person eventually.

I heavily advise developing her into her own character before you start writing. Because no matter how reasonable you think she is, if someone doesn’t like her, it becomes a personal affront. One of my former professors, Dr. David Jack… Read moreSo I’m writing a book that draws from my own experiences, and as that’s the case, is it okay to use myself as a baseline for the protagonist, as long as I develop her into something uniquely her own? I don’t like the idea of a character being so similar to me, but I’m hoping she’ll be her own person eventually.

Let’s talk about starting to write

to-write-my-book: A lot of first time writers come up with a great idea for a story but have no clue on how to start writing it. In this post i will try to give a couple of pointers on how… Read moreLet’s talk about starting to write

Let’s talk about starting to write

to-write-my-book: A lot of first time writers come up with a great idea for a story but have no clue on how to start writing it. In this post i will try to give a couple of pointers on how… Read moreLet’s talk about starting to write

jackalediting: I’m not a fan of character questionnaires because they often don’t actually help you develop your character. You might know a lot about them, but do you understand them? Do you really know who they are? I’ve put together… Read more

jackalediting: I’m not a fan of character questionnaires because they often don’t actually help you develop your character. You might know a lot about them, but do you understand them? Do you really know who they are? I’ve put together… Read more

ijustreallylovedaredevil: Looking for a random cause of death for a character? Click here. Looking for a random city? Click here. Looking for a random city that people have actually heard of? Click here. Need a random surname for a character?… Read more

ijustreallylovedaredevil: Looking for a random cause of death for a character? Click here. Looking for a random city? Click here. Looking for a random city that people have actually heard of? Click here. Need a random surname for a character?… Read more

vamphelps: Just wanted to quickly share this great website with fellow writers and roleplayers, because it’s where I find names 100% of the time, hashtag blessed.  Essentially, the homepage has a box you can type a name you like into,… Read more

vamphelps: Just wanted to quickly share this great website with fellow writers and roleplayers, because it’s where I find names 100% of the time, hashtag blessed.  Essentially, the homepage has a box you can type a name you like into,… Read more

HOW TO: NAME CHARACTERS EFFECTIVELY

fidefortitude: thatcurlyhairedseason: jackflossed: connorkenwaydesu420: bastardrph: babynames.com might look a bit weird in your search history, but it’s the most helpful and informative site i’ve found for naming characters. search by letters, meaning, nationality, and syllables, among other things. has intriguing… Read moreHOW TO: NAME CHARACTERS EFFECTIVELY