A HUGE MASTERLIST FOR ADMINS AND CREATING A ROLEPLAY
This took me quite a while to compile (that rhymed wow) so please like/reblog if you found this helpful! If something you have written is on this masterlist and you would like it taken off, feel free to ask me. All sources are written in parentheses. I’ll be adding guides and things I find to this when I can. If any links are not working, please tell me and I’ll fix it! This is my thanks for 100 followers!
Last Updated: March 9th, 2014
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- writing a bitchy character (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)
- writing a cocky character (1,2,3,4)
- writing a emotion character (1,2)
- How to play a hippie
- Playing the quiet character.
- Portraying the shopaholic.
- Portraying a mute character.
- Portraying a kleptomaniac.
- How to play the stalker.
- Writing distant, indifferent characters.
- How to write a character who stutters.
- Writing a character who is sassy.
- A guide to playing a southern character.
- Portraying characters with crushes.
- How to portray a teen mom.
- How to play a character who is mean.
- How to portray a character high on cocaine.
- Writing a character who is high on amphetamines.
- Playing an efficient male character.
- Portraying the asshole.
- Playing a character who suffers from shyness.
- How to play a mentally ill/insane character.
- Writing a character who self-harms.
- Writing a happy character.
- Writing a character who suffers from night terrors.
- Writing a character with paranoid personality disorder.
- How to play a victim of rape.
- How to RP a blind character.
- Writing a leader.
- Writing a character with Dissociative Identity Disorder.
- Writing a character with depression.
- Writing a character who is homosexual.
- Writing a character with schizophrenia.
- Playing a fe/male character.
- Writing a character with Nymphomania.
- How to write a worry wart.
- How to write a character with HPD.
- How to write a bad ass character.
- Playing a pansexual.
- Tips on writing a drug addict.
- Tips on writing the pregnant female.
- Writing insane characters.
- Playing a character under the influence of marijuana.
- Portraying a character with diabetes.
- How to play a prankster.
- Playing a character who has been adopted.
- Portraying a vampire.
- Playing a character with an eating disorder.
- Portraying a character who is anti-social.
- Portraying a character who is depressed.
- How to portray someone with dyslexia.
- How to portray a character with bipolar disorder.
- Portraying a character with severe depression.
- How to play a serial killer.
- Writing a tomboy.
- Playing a pyromaniac.
- How to write a mute character.
- How to write a character with an OCD.
- How to play a stoner.
- How to write an asexual character.
- How to play a bitchy/vicious character.
- How to play a character with HPD.
- Playing a pregnant woman.
- Playing the burn-out.
- Writing a “nice” character.
- How to play a gentleman.
- How to play a shy/introvert character.
- How to play a naive character.
- Playing characters with memory loss.
- How to write a character who smokes.
- How to write pirates.
- How to write characters with PTSD.
- How to play a character who isn’t ready for sex.
- How to play the geek.
- Playing the manipulative character.
- Portraying a character with borderline personality disorder.
- Playing a character with Orthorexia Nervosa.
- Writing a character who lost someone important.
- Playing the bullies.
- Portraying the drug dealer.
- Playing a rebellious character.
- How to portray a sociopath.
- How to play a swimmer.
- Portraying a ballerina.
- Playing a promiscuous male.
- Playing a character with cancer.
- How to portray a bubbly character.
- How to portray a power driven character.
- How to portray the shy character.
- Playing a character under the influence of drugs.
- Playing a character who struggles with Bulimia.
- Portraying a hippie.
- Portraying sexually/emotionally abused characters.
- Playing a character with asthma.
- Portraying characters who have secrets.
- Portraying a recovering alcoholic.
- Portraying a sex addict.
- How to play someone creepy.
- Portraying a foreigner.
- Portraying an emotionally detatched character.
- How to play a character with social anxiety.
- Portraying a character who is high.
- How to play a strong, female character.
- Writing a character with a hangover.
- Playing angry characters.
- Playing a character who is smarter than you.
- Playing and writing autistic characters.
- Portraying a trans character.
- How to portray a dominant character.
- Playing a character who is faking a disorder.
- Playing a prisoner.
- Playing the opposite sex.
- Portraying a character who has PTSD.
- Playing a character who stutters.
- Portraying characters with Aspergers Syndrome.
- How to play a depressed character who selfharms.
- Portraying the “dumb” character.
- How to portray a lesbian.
- How to play a blind character.
- How to play a sexual assault victim.
- Writing a compulsive gambler.
- Writing a closeted character.
- Playing a werewolf.
- Writing a character with an addiction to sex.
- Writing a character who is drunk.
- Portraying a character who is British.
- Playing a Brit.
- Portraying a character with amnesia.
- Playing heroes.
- Portraying a witty character.
- How to play an INTJ.
- How to play a vampire.
- How to play a character who is manipulative.
- Portraying the natural born leader.
- Portraying the character who is flirtatious.
- Writing a nice character.
- How to portray a character who has asthma.
- Playing a character with ADHD.
- Writing characters with anxiety.
- A Death Scene
- Loosing Someone (2)
- Old Persons
- Physical Injuries (2, 3)
- Sexual Abuse (2)
- Fight Scenes (2, 3, 4)
- How to Describe the Body Shape of Female Characters
- Character Apperance Help
- Words to Describe Voice
- Body Language Cheat Sheet
- Character Development Exercises
- 101 Character Development Questions
- Art of Character Development
- Introducing Characters
- Characters You Need to Reinvent
- Making Characters Likeable
- Heros and Villains
- Describing Clothing
- Understanding Body Language
- 100 Positive Traits
- Mental Illness in Writing
- Conflicts and Characters
- Ballet Dancer (2)
- California (2, 3)
- England/Britain (2, 3, 4, 5)
- New York
- The South (2)
- Song Lyrics Masterlist
- Songs for Biographies
- Favorite Quotes: TV and Movies
- Favorite Quotes: Notable Authors
- Favorite Quotes: Celebrities
- Favorite Quotes: Popular Books (2)
- Quotes From Songs
- Character Quotes
- Masterlist of Bio Lyrics
- Masterlist of Bio Quotes
- Masterlist of Song Lyrics
- Biography Lyrics
- A Masterlist of Quotes
- +130 Quotes
- Smut Guide: Casual Sex
- Smut Guide: For Beginners
- How to: Write a First Time Sex Scene Romantically
- How to: Smut - The Bare Bones
- How to: Smut (For Virgins)
- How to: Write Lesbian Smut
- How to: Write Smut (2, 3)
- How to: Write a Blowjob/Prepping for Smut
- Smut Guides of Tumblr
- Tips on Writing Sex Scenes
- A Guide to Language in Smut
- Domination and Submission
- Making Love
- A Smut Guide
- Placement of Speech Tags
- Grammar and Spelling
- Grammar Slammer!
- American vs. British Grammar
- Grammar Girl
- Punctuating Dialogue
- How to Use the Semicolon
- Introduction to the Basic Rules of Punctuation
- Comma 101
- All About Dialouge
- 11 Grammar Tips
- Comma Usage
- Correct Use of Apostrophe
- Transition Words
- 40+ Tips to Improve your Grammar and Punctuation
- Better Writing: Grammar & Spelling
- Semicolons and Colons
- Underlining and Italicizing
- Dashes and Parentheses
- The Ellipsis
- List of 1000+ Adjectives
- painting tutorial
- colour palette (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
- drawing clothe folding
- avoiding drawing the same face
- draw ice
- anatomy help
- free drawing program (1) (2)
- sai brushes (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
- draw hair
- drawing ref
- dont know what to draw?
- draw 3D room tut
- drawing eyes
- lip tutorial
- how to draw jeans
- how to draw arms
- expression tutorial
- drawing hair and fur
- drawing cats
- pose reference blog [its actually a blog full of references i-]
- download photoshop
- paint blood
- color blender
- draw hands
- hands 2
- photoshop help (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- remove backgrounds from images online
- brush setting ref (SAI)
- kissing ref
- how to draw curls
- realistic woman body ref
- draw knees
- draw feet
- shadow help
- male body
- lips ref
- contouring and highlighting
- draw wings
- change images using blur (PS)
- hat ref
- glowing stuff
- pastel colors
- draw grass
- eyeliner ref
- Painting tutorial
- Female/male arms
- Kneeling + Sitting ref
- Dragon head view tutorial
- SAI brushes 86786
- Drawing expressions
- Sai Brushes 1
- NGE colour palette 1
- 100+ colour palletes
- Avoiding same face
- Face contours/highlighting
- free art MyPaint
- Body anatomy help 1
- How to shift images using blur in PS
- Drawing clothe folding
- How to draw ice
- Colour palette 1
- Colour palette 2
- SAI brush settings 2
- SAI/PS pixel brushes
- Warm/Cool gray
- Flower crown tutorial
- Skin colour palette
- Pink colour sheet
- How to draw butts&thighs
- The male torso
- Drawing glowing stuff in SAI
- Drawing horse/animal legs on humans
- Drawing clouds
- Muscular male with bow stock photos
- Pastel colours
- Drawing grass fields in SAI
- All about the human body
- 20+ colour palettes
- Colour conversion
- Kissing ref
- Creature design
- Colour meanings
- Creating expression
- Tutorial masterpost (100+)
- How to colour
- Pose studies
- Feline comparisons
- How to draw penis
- Leaf pressing
- 100+ anatomy references
- How to draw folds
- SAI brushes 3
- Sitting poses
- Colour palette 4
- Cloud painting
- How to draw 3D rooms
- Colour info
- Colouring ref
- Hair tutorial
- Clothing ref
- Bodies and poses
- SAI brushes 5
- Colour scheme designer
- Folding ref
- Paint tool SAI masterpost
- Drawing ref masterpost (10+)
- How to draw faces
- SAI brushes 4
- Anatomy of mutant humans
- What should I draw?
- Free art software
- pastel colour ref
- Mass art ref
- Soft SAI brushes
- ways to draw stuff
- SAI brush settings
- baseball cap ref
- Penis ref
- Drawing human wings
- Cool free art software
- Huge art ref
- Colour blender
- 2 SAI brushes
- Photoshop for free
- how to apply blush
- how to draw eyebrows
- ombre eyeliner
- lipstick trick
- the kitty eye ^.^
- nude lips
- smokey eye make up
- what you need to know about beauty
- 5 of the best foundations
- best powder foundations
- quick foundation tip
- how to apply liquid foundation
- breaking it down
- makeup highlights tutorial
- blush for your skin tone
- how to apply bronzer
- how to contour your face
- apply blush like a pro
- blush according to your face shape
- d.i.y. gel liner
- get the perfect winged liner
- get winged liner using tape
- awesome eyeliner tricks
- 9 different eyeliner looks
- different eyeliner styles
- guide to applying eyeshadow
- suit your eyeshadow to your eyes
- glittery smoky eye
- get the perfect smoky eye
- a shade for every occasion
- kool-aid lip stain
- best lipsticks for blondes
- hot red lips
- how to get gradient lips
- lipstick shades for fall
- how to make any lipstick look matte
- get soft kissable lips
- long lasting makeup tricks
- victoria’s secret model tips
- saving face
- beginner’s guide
- when will it expire?
- 10 makeup tips from mac
- best tips from professionals
- 18 beauty essentials
- basics you should own
- make-up brush tutorial
- brush tricks
- clean your makeup brushes
- make-up brush guide
- make up hacks
- easy make up tips
- the runaway to gorgeous skin
- winter dryness
- acne foundation routine
- wash your face correctly
- how to wash your face 101
- messy bun tutorial
- different ways to braid
- three-braid updo
- waterfall braid
- how to fishtail
- romantic curls
- braid + bun updo
- how to do pastel hair
- 8 ways to wear a bow
- 4-strand braid
- braided bun
- braided headband
- dutch braid crown
- pin curls!
- how to contour
- everyday makeup routine
- lipstick using crayons
- eyeliner ref wow
- filling in eyebrows
- banana facial mask (moisturizes)
- strawberry facial mask (acne prone skin)
- avocado facial mask (dry skin)
- yogurt facial mask (sensitive skin)
- list of oils to add to your face masks
- already made masterpost :*
- sleep calculator
- survive nature
- tumblr music
- calming rain
- need a hug?
- like the sound of a coffee shop?
- can’t remember the name of a song?
- the thoughts room
- how to love yourself
- upload anything from your iPhone etc. to your laptop
- learn another language
- make HUGE unpoppable bubbles
- play some piano
- draw a stick man and watch the story!
- thousands of stars (you can zoom in/out and learn about them)
- check if a username is taken (any site! twitter/tumblr, etc)
- draws stuff as you move your curser
- tell your thoughts to no one
- play with cob web
- make music with balloons
- learn to play the guitar
- learn to build a ship in a bottle
- learn origami
- learn some yoyo tricks
- make your own stuffed animals
- how to decorate iphone cases
- make a candle
- important things you should remember
- how to kill your anxiety
- how to help someone with their anxiety
- look for literally any book you want (free)
- waterproof your shoes
- know what your emotion is
- how to love yourself
- ultimate writers resources masterpost
- learn how to make punk edits without photoshop
- dont know what to read?
- learn a new habit
- how to answer the top 35 asked questions when applying for a job
- want to draw?
- The quiet place
I’ve been seeing a lot of stripper-related threads lately, probably because it’s part of a few inbox memes (I think), and a lot of them are pretty misinformed. Therefore, I’ve decided to write a handy-dandy guide based on my experiences as a dancer.
Keep in mind that this is just one sassy broad’s experience and that I’m not at all saying all clubs are like this. ♥
- Lipstick is a huge no-no because it can rub off on the customers and obviously cause problems at home. And if that happens with one of your regulars, chances are that he won’t be your regular anymore. I did the whole pinup thing (to make myself stand out from the rest of the dancers), which required red lips. Instead of lipstick, use a lip stain.You don’t have to reapply stains as often, so it’s a win-win.
- Dressing rooms. From what I’ve seen (at four different clubs), dressing rooms are shared by all the dancers. The entertainer/dancer of the month gets her own room, but that’s about it.
- Another thing about dressing rooms—I’ve only seen like one or two girls bothering with a robe. You see it all once you’re working anyway, so none of us really gave a shit.
- Makeup (again). It needs to be way heavier than what you’d normally wear because clubs are generally pretty dark. That means no descriptions like “She was wearing only light eye shadow and mascara to enhance her natural good looks” or whatever.
- Googling “stripper makeup” is a good place to start (so I don’t have to describe the whole process here). In short, think of those eye shadow kits that have the eyelid/crease/brow bone colors all in one and bump up the contrast. Doing your lips isn’t necessary but I highly recommend it so you don’t look washed-out on stage. Being tan isn’t necessary…I’m kind of ghost-colored and again, it made me stand out.
- Glasses are totally okay, too!
- Absolutely no baby/body oil, lotion, or glitter. It gets on the stage and oil/lotion greases up the pole, which will piss off the other dancers. We called glitter “divorce dust” for the same reason as lipstick. A good rule of thumb is, if it can rub off, don’t wear it.
- Dancing. Again, I recommend Googling pole tricks. Also, the way you dance on stage is not the way you dance at a club. From what I’ve seen/done, moving slowly is always better, and there’s a lot of posing/dipping low/basic pole turns/spins that don’t require leaving the ground. Swaying your hips is not enough.
- Attire. As long as it’s revealing, pretty much anything goes. Yandy.com is a good resource if you want to get specific with your clothing descriptions. Gowns are not uncommon, and the girls I worked with (and I) changed outfits a few times a night. This goes without saying, but “stripper heels” are a must. They’re also really comfortable, believe it or not!
- Lap dances. Anything goes, as long as you’re not giving extras/grinding excessively. Make shit up and you’ll probably be okay. I had a few regulars who bought multiple dances from me just to see me do simple moves and listen to them vent. I was basically a therapist. Have your character figure out what the person likes and play to that…or not!
- Always ask for a tip after the dance in a cute way! It’s a good way to supplement whatever you make from the dance(s), and you never know what you’re going to get. One old dude gave me a $20…another guy was so fucked-up that he thought he was giving me a single and actually handed me a Benji. HUZZAH!
- Stage sets and customers. The goal is to get as many people at the rail as possible and hit them up as many times as you can before your set ends. The easiest way to do this is to do little tricks.
- I used to grab two singles from their stack and putting them on the rail, then lick my fingers/rub the nips to get them damp. Then, you lean down, press your tits to the singles, rub back and forth to make them stick, and come up like, “TA-DA.” You’d be amazed at how impressed people are by that. You can use that shit on the same person all night and they’ll still be amused by it.
- Putting singles behind their ear(s), in the shirt collar, between the belt and the pants, whatever, and grabbing it with your teeth. Some people don’t like to do this because money is filthy but I really didn’t give a damn.
- Depending on the contact rules at the club, you can do “boobs in the face” and then hold yours together and have the customer put it in between them. There are tons of ways to have people tip you.
- "Doubling up" on stage. If two dancers were friends, it wasn’t uncommon to see one come up to the rail to watch the other’s set, sit with a customer, and then feel the girl up/smack her ass/whatever when she got close. Guys generally dig that, and it’s a nice way to help the other girl earn more money. The other dancers tend to remember things like that and will help you out in return. Just make sure the other dancer is cool with touching before you do it.
- General demeanor. Regardless of your style (attire and how you go about talking to people), you have to be polite to the customers or you won’t make money. Then again…
- Speaking of the other girls… You’re there to make money, not friends. That being said, it’s in your best interest to not be a bitch. However, it’s roleplay, so don’t be afraid to give your character a rival or make her a total asshole! Just be aware that the vast majority of customers are really turned-off by dancers who are dicks.
- If you fuck up/fall, laugh it off! Most of the time, the customer(s) will laugh with you.
- Last thing: Don’t be afraid to be fucking weird if you know it’ll earn you money. I was talking to one guy all night who was super-geeky and really into LotR, so when he was the only one at the rail, I did the Gollum walk up to him and was like “MY PRECIOUS” in the voice. He gave me $20 in return. Score.
I hope this helps! Feel free to send questions/comments/whatever.
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Staying in character can be hard. It’s as though getting into ‘the zone’ is a magical phenomenon that can’t be explained by human thoughts.
But never fear! There are ways to help you stay in character when writing.
Ask your character some questions before you write.
I’ve found that simply engaging in a conversation with your character first can help you remember what they’re like and understand them better. Things like, How do you feel about your parents? And Is life or honor more important? can get the ball rolling. Just as long as they’re not ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions, you should be able to get into the mindset of your character.
Review some previous writing.
Now, don’t go and read the whole thing, because the first draft shouldn’t be picked over before you’re done with it. However, reading the last few paragraphs might help you remember what the character sounds like. Obviously, this will only help if you’ve already written something with this character.
Have you found a song that seems to match your character almost perfectly? Then it isn’t a bad idea to try listening to that song to get the words flowing. Personally, I’m a fan of Skillet and Trading Yesterday for one of my characters, and the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs soundtrack for others.
Imagine you are your character.
If you can, start doing things you think that your character would do. Imagine how they’d react to the things in your life, such as homework or your job. You don’t have to have a complete roleplay thing going on, but just taking a few minutes to pretend you are your character can help you get into their mindset. WARNING: Be careful not to turn your character into a self-insert with this one.
Basically, the important thing is to think of your character as a complex person. If you can’t do that, you’re not going to be able to bring him or her to life. Hopefully, these tips will help you next time you’re falling out of character.
a guide to writing and roleplaying, even when you don’t feel like it.
Original topic here.
force yourself to write
- everyone always blames writer’s block (or the elusive ‘muse’) for not being able to crank out epic applications, respond to threads, or come up with a clever plot in order to start a post with your fellow roleplayers. i’m here to tell you that this is complete BS. there is no such thing as a muse or writer’s block – it’s all in your head, and there are easy ways to get around it. most of the time it’s just laziness, or the fact that you ‘think’ you have nothing to say. if you’re really serious about writing or are having a hard time getting focused or starting, I have a list of a few things that might help.
read another author’s (or roleplayers) writing
- honestly, if you get into the habit of writing every day, it will start to become easier and easier to get something good out, and eventually you won’t be able to tell the difference between when you’re struggling, or when you’re motivated. but when you’re feeling a bit uninspired, just sitting yourself down and FORCING words to appear on the screen or on paper will help. sometimes when I’m not feeling excited about what I have to write, I will seriously stare at the computer screen and force sentences out until they starts to flow better. i’m being completely honest - I have written the world’s crappiest post, and then went back to edit it and turn it into something better. just remember that your writing doesn’t have to be perfect on the first draft. also, try switching up where you write. I feel like writing on paper before transferring it to the computer works well; you don’t have an intimidating, perfectly white screen in front that you might be afraid to mess up with not-so-perfect words. getting anything down on paper or the computer screen is productive.
- find a book, fanfiction, or even someone elses posts or application to read. while i’m not encouraging you to try to imitate another writer’s style or voice, I am encouraging you to read something that might strike you as inspiring. I know after I read a certain novel (interview with the vampire, if anyone is interested :P), my writing becomes a bit more polished and descriptive and I often will find words or adjectives that I would have otherwise never thought to use. when you’re reading, try to pay attention to the characters, the authors words, and any interesting metaphors or figures of speech used. sometimes sitting down with a good novel or story can inspire you to work on your own writing or developing your characters. when i’m feeling unmotivated and maybe a bit bored, I will also read tips or guides on writing. this can help because I will often want to try out what I just learned. here are some sites that I frequent:
- CLASSIC READER - a website with free classic books. i love it!
- FANFICTION.NET - well this is a given! there are a lot of good writers here for mostly fandoms.
- FICTIONPRESS - an extension of fanfiction.net, i believe. its a collection of all kinds of writers and writing, not just fandoms. brainstorm this is a great thing to do when you’re working on plots or stories. just list some emotions, feelings, places, or anything else that strikes your interest. I don’t have much to say on this idea just because it’s pretty self explanatory. here are some sites that will help you brainstorm:
- BRAINSTORMER - no joke, i could sit here ALL DAY and play with this. don’t click on the link unless you have a lot of time to waste!
- so you have this AWESOME character that you want to write as, but you can’t seem to reply to a thread, or you’re struggling to write a good application. occasionally when i’m forced to write something specific about one of my characters, I can get stuck and I feel like I don’t have a ‘muse’ for them anymore – especially if its a thread that i’m not too crazy about responding to. but when I need to respond and can’t afford to leave someone hanging any longer, I will ‘wake them up’ by writing a short drabble or situation they are in that might be fun or amusing to work on. this will probably get you into the mood to post as them, and if not…well, at least you wrote something (see above “force yourself to write”)!
here are some sites with writing prompts i’ve used in the past:
listen to music
- 911 WRITERS BLOCK - hands down, my FAVORITE site.
- WRITING PROMPTS AND MORE - this site has a MILLION resources. check it out!
- ONE SENTENCE - true stories, told in one sentence. awesome for inspiration :]
- PROMPTS - oh my gosh, i could spend HOURS on this site. just hover over a number and get a prompt!
- DAILY PROMPT GEN - not as awesome as the others, but still useful.
watch TV/music videos/movies
- this one is a given. a lot of people say that they need to have music on, or they can’t write. i’m the opposite - I get distracted with music, but nonetheless, music can help you get into the mood to write. I have playlists for two of my main characters on my itunes. it can also help to make playlists for an emotion or feeling. if you’re writing a post that is depressing, happy, or silly – you can have a list of songs at your disposal.
think throughout the day
- doing the above mentioned helps me tremendously with plotting. posting, not so much, but I can’t tell you how many times inspiration has struck me for a plot or thread while watching a movie or television. sometimes even looking at the news and taking ideas from whats going on in the world can help inspire you for epic threads or plots. while writing subplots for my stories, I will sometimes check out CNN or whatever other news/media outlet that pops into my mind. take inspiration from the world around you – you dont have to come up with everything off the top of your head.
check out these useful sites
- maybe i’m the only loser that does this, but I find that plot ideas, threads, and inspiration all come to me throughout the day. if i’m bored in class (even though you should tooootallly pay attention in class :P) my mind will wander and I will think up ideas or start planning out a response to a thread. sometimes I even get my ideas FROM a class. i’ve been inspired by my history class so many times its not even funny. also, try thinking about how your character would respond to a certain situation in real life. I do this a lot, especially when i’m on the phone with a friend (who conveniently roleplays with me) – we have fun going back and forth with what our characters would and wouldn’t do in silly situations. if you try thinking about characters, scenes, and scenarios in your every day life, you’ll find it a lot easier to draw from that inspiration and ideas later when you try to write.
Checklist for character development.
Created by myself, compiled from questions gleaned from several sources, and some of my own additions.
It should be noted, that not every character will check every one of these things off. It is not REQUIRED to have all this information, but this checklist is, rather, a guideline for helping you think of your character as an entire, three dimentional being with thoughts, feelings, possessions, contradictions and background.
A character is 20% revealed to the reader, 80% writer/author/Mun knowledge. What the Reader sees is just the tip of the iceburg, but without the other 80% the character can’t help but come off feeling shallow. There’s nothing beneath the surface - KNOWING as much bout your character as possible, instrinsicly, in detail, intimately, can do nothing but help build believability and dimension to your character.
Use only the things on this list that you feel are important, but I would like to remind you that the reader learns a lot about a character NOT through exposition (that’s kind of a cheat, and always feels , to me, like a rather clunky way of conveying knowlege), but through their actions, quirks, thoughts, and even through the things they own and carry with them. What kind of food they eat and how they eat it. What they wear. What they carry in their wallets. I encourage you, as writers, to consider these things when creating a character, and encourage you MORE to leave the exposition out and tell us about your character through these other means!
If nothing else, this will give you a LOT to work with when writing with your character. Maybe it’ll spur you to write about the character’s parents. Or the relationship between them and their family. Maybe you’ll find yourself inspired to write something about how they lost everything in a fire - and the importance each remembered lost item held.
There is certainly no rule that says you HAVE to do it this way, but invariably, the most memorable characters are the ones that we as readers can relate with. It’s hard to relate with just words - but people - with beliefs and dreams and fears - that’s something we can get behind.
I certainly hope you find this useful, and since so many have been inclined to reblog and like this, I shall endeavor to add more character creation and writing tips, lists and excercises up on this blog!
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Body Language Cheat Sheet for Writers
As described by Selnick’s article:
This is something I have always encouraged people to consider when writing. If you can afford it, and you have one in your area - TAKE A BODY LANGUAGE CLASS. It will open your eyes to a whole new world of subtleties you never knew existed. SO worth it as a “Real Life” skill and for all those times when you’re writing and you need your character to react nonverbally.
There is also, in addition to these others, the writer resource book: The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
This is how you show, not tell what your character is feeling.