ᴏɴ ᴄʜᴀʀᴀᴄᴛᴇʀɪᴢᴀᴛɪᴏɴ || writing tips

empressium:

———— I’ve got a lot of messages piling up in my inbox asking about how to get more in character for certain muses and the writing workshop I took last semester had a pretty intense week-long character-development section, so I figured I should write up a thing. because my last meta went over soooo well (can you taste the sarcasm holyshit) 

But anyway, here’s Cherry’s methodology for getting a character and getting in character——it’s going to cater more to RP muses but some of these things definitely applies to creating your own characters as well :D 

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rpher:


↳ in character drama is sooooo important in a roleplay, it's basically what drives the entire plot along. so here are a few ways to start in character drama, from the perspectives of both admins & roleplayers. please like or reblog if this helps you! :)

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rpher:

↳ in character drama is sooooo important in a roleplay, it's basically what drives the entire plot along. so here are a few ways to start in character drama, from the perspectives of both admins & roleplayers. please like or reblog if this helps you! :)

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startraveller:

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Contrary to popular belief, the American south is extremely diverse. While diversity in the south is not easily recognizable in the books we read and films we watch, and most racial issues are expressed as solely black and white, there are many other communities aside from the Pale Upscale and Redneck Hicks. This is an attempt to inform writers who are not from The South on how to more accurately portray a southern character.

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how to get your muse back || a small guide

eleftheriia:

STEP ONE: Figure out why your muse isn’t cooperating with you.

Perhaps it’s because you’re not in the right mood, or because you have writer’s block in general, because suddenly the muse for another character comes up and replaces that one, if it’s temporarily or for a while. Whatever the reason may be, figure out the root of your problem and solve it. If you find it? Great. If not? Keep trying. You’re bound to get something.

STEP TWO: Look at all the different things your muse enjoys and immerse yourself in them.

You’ve chosen your muse for a reason! If you go through their interactions, their interests, their thoughts, their entire CHARACTER, I believe that you’ll reconnect with them again. Observe how they act around other characters, why they act a certain way, create headcanons for stuff you think would be reasonable for them. It should help make the muse interesting and fun once more.

STEP THREE: Find music which fits the character, look up art or fanfiction ( if your muse is the Canon sort ) and it could spark a muse.

You may have lost the feel of your character because you think you don’t play them well, or because they’re just so far from your own personality that you can’t grasp them well. If so, listen to music that suits their general mood and search for other characters who are similar to them. You’ll almost certainly have a deeper understanding of who that character is and how they would react in certain situations. Again, if your muse is a Canon Character, research about them and their world, how they’ve grown and changed throughout their lives. Add in your own headcanons to give depth, and most importantly…

STEP FOUR: Practice, practice, practice.

If you continue writing for them, you’re sure to get better. And when you do, it will be so much easier for the muse to cooperate with you because you’ve practiced their character! So keep with the muse(s) you’ve chosen to portray, and hopefully they’ll stick with you.

Writing Fear

fictionwritingtips:

Writing about fear isn’t just about writing a scary scene or working on a horror novel. Writing about fear is about understanding your characters and what really terrifies them. Since we all don’t share the same fears, it can be difficult to get your readers to understand what your characters are going through. You need to write in a way that convinces the reader that your character is really scared by using all the senses—without flat-out telling them.

Showing fear through your writing is a very effective way to reach your audience and to write an intriguing scene. First off, let’s start off with some body language that shows fear.

  • Someone who is afraid might not might eye contact with whoever they’re afraid of. On the other hand, in a more intense situation, they might have a wide-eyed stare. For example, if someone is hiding their fear of another person, that’s when they might avoid eye contact. If something scares them suddenly, they might have the wide-eyed stare and have unwavering eye contact.
  • A scared character might be breathing heavily (maybe through the nostrils) and might have a clenched mouth. It’s likely that most of their body will be clenched, think tightened muscles and clenched fists, and they might be stuck in one spot.
  • They might be sweating or shaking as a result of excess adrenaline. Their feet might be turned away from the person they’re afraid of, subconsciously ready to get away. Some people might hunch or slouch and other people might stand taller and become more aggressive. It all depends on the situation.
  • Nervous behaviors such as tapping legs, crossing arms, or fidgeting might indicate fear. Rocking back and forth might also be from fear.

All of these body language suggestions should help you shape your character and how they experience fear. However, this is just one part of writing fear. Explaining why someone is so afraid could be just as important. Creating a back story, even if you don’t reveal it for a while, will help YOU and your readers understand why your character is so afraid. Knowing the intricacies of your character’s fear is important and it will help you translate it into your novel.

The emotional implications of fear also need to be explored in order to strengthen your novel. That fear might somehow manifest itself into their daily life, which will make your character development stronger. Someone who is afraid might have trouble dealing with that fear and might develop depression or distrust issues. Fear can often cause nightmares, trouble sleeping, or other health issues that will make their lives uncomfortable. Even after someone “gets over” a fear, there might be some residual issues. They might still be dealing with it for the rest of their lives.

↳ Hunter’s How To: Writing an Emotionally Detached Character

parrishable-rpc:

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Emotional detachment can be categorized into two types: the first consists of being able to easily empathize with the emotions of others whereas the second is having difficulties connecting on an emotional level with others. 

This guide will be covering the second type. All information not directly stated by me will be cited in the (x)’s at the end of their respective sections. 

*Created because I was getting sick of emotionally detached characters constantly being RPed as the popular “Troubled but Cute/Broken Bird” tropes often expressed in movies, young adult fiction, and the fantasies of idealistic fourteen year old girls.*

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pllrph:


BECOME A GREATER WRITER. 
Below, exercises and tips await to enhance your progress. Tips to observe this improvement, as well as many ways to provoke it were also adjoined. Separated in sections, this guide covers a wide range of difficulty and issues. The Pretty Little Helpers are glad to contribute to newcomers. Even experienced writers can retire useful information. Enjoy!

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pllrph:

BECOME A GREATER WRITER. 

Below, exercises and tips await to enhance your progress. Tips to observe this improvement, as well as many ways to provoke it were also adjoined. Separated in sections, this guide covers a wide range of difficulty and issues. The Pretty Little Helpers are glad to contribute to newcomers. Even experienced writers can retire useful information. Enjoy!

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destinae:

» Writing a Character With Trust Issues


Frankly, I am dumbfounded people can do this wrong. But it happens, so here goes.




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destinae:

» Writing a Character With Trust Issues

Frankly, I am dumbfounded people can do this wrong. But it happens, so here goes.

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