|Martha Jones from season 3 of Doctor Who. Oils on canvas|
To Create a CharacterAre you starting a story? Do you have an incomplete, flawed, or no character at all? It's happened to me many times and in my struggles to perfect my creations, I have learned a few things. I present you with seven easy steps with a challenge each to get you thinking.To Create a Character by WarriorLoverInc
Grab a piece of paper and a pencil. Let's start
Step 1: Past
When creating a character, you must first establish a past. Even a person with amnesia has a past, they just don't remember it. Pasts are important, they show what shaped the person and why they are the way they are today.
If your character has a scar, why? If they have amnesia, why? If they have a phobia of water, why?
Remember one thing: there is always a reason.
Challenge: Write a brief story (vignette) of your character's past to familiarize yourself with the way things were.
Step 2: Appearance
You may have a certain idea, a vague idea, or no idea at all as to how your character will look. First, think of their
I've been drawing ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon, but it wasn't until I started college that I really started seriously developing my artistic talent. I prefer traditional media, but I dabble a little in digital art too. The fandoms I'm most involved in at the moment are The Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Star Wars, The Mortal Instruments, The Hunger Games, Fruits Basket, and Twilight. My art-idols are John Howe, Trina Schart Hyman, Ted Nasmith, and Alan Lee. My literary idols are Tamora Pierce, J.R.R. Tolkien, Cassandra Clare, and Suzanne Collins.|
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