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Mary sues, and how to avoid creatng them

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A Mary Sue, or Gary Stu for the male version, is a much hated yet ill-defined character archetype. Ask twenty different people what a Mary Sue is and you’ll get 15 different definitions, but, from what I can tell is there are two widely accepted definitions out there: a character that is too perfect and [...]

Coming up with names for your characters

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One of the hardest parts of creating characters, in my experience, is naming them, and judging by the popularity of ”Name my” thread on the NaNoWriMo forums (Thread can be found here, for the record), I’m far from the only one. I do have some ideas that have worked for me, however, and I’ll share those to try to [...]

Hidden Depths, or why no one is who they seem to be

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If you wanna find out what’s behind these cold eyes You’ll just have to claw your way through this disguise In The Flesh? Pink Floyd, The Wall Here’s a question for you: If you compared someone you got to know really well to when you met them, would you say acted the same way? Or [...]

Effective character development when writing fiction

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Now, not every character needs character development. After all there is a reason for static characters (I like think it’s to keep authors from going bonkers ) , but if you want your character to develop and change as a person, then it’s important to make sure that they grow, or shrink, but not mutate [...]

Creating your character’s backstory

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Backstory can be shown in story, implied, slowly revealed, or not mentioned at all, but when the author does have it, it’s used to deepen a character and explain why they act the way they do now. However, it has to make sense within their characterization, lest your audience be left scratching their heads. For [...]

Your character’s strengths and flaws

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Obviously any good character is going to have a good balance of things they’re good at (their strengths) and things they’re not so good at (their flaws). Here I help you strike that balance. Creating your character’s strengths and flaws I hope it goes without saying that a character that has no flaws and can do anything [...]

Introversion, Extraversion, and characterization

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Portraying introversion and extraversion properly in your writing isn’t critical, but it does help you create more realistic characters, which is excellent if that’s what you’re after. Introversion Have you ever met someone who liked to be alone, didn’t seem too thrilled with the idea of small talk, and/or seemed enamored with nerdy pursuits? Or maybe you [...]

Your character’s relationships, and how social they are

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Two very important parts of creating a character are giving them a strong motivation, and figuring out just how they interact with the people around them. This is where I intend to help you with the latter, via two sections: Relationships and sociability. Relationships Relationships are interesting, as they can be extremely fluid or rock [...]

Your character’s attitude and motivation

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Your character’s attitude and motivation basically define them, so it’s important that you take some time to think about these things in regards to your characters and find the best fit. Attitude Let’s start with your character’s attitude. Is your hero a knight in shining armor who thinks people are inherently good, or is he [...]

Your character’s personality

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How a character looks can be important (To me, it usually isn’t, however, unless there’s some defining characteristic used to identify them, or I’m reading a romance, though why would I, in particular, be reading a romance, I don’t know), but how they think and act (along with how their acts are presented) can make or [...]

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