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table of contents:
1.) about the studio
2.) what you can do here
3.) further advice
ABOUT THE STUDIO:
This studio is dedicated to help fellow writers and creators alike flesh out characters!
From roleplaying to comics, all forms of writing and media are promoted!
Need advice on creating a characters personality? character arc? angst? flaws? strengths?
pssh, do you just want to make a compelling character or talk about characters you enjoy? This is the place for you!
- please do NOT ask to curate, if you comment or partake in the studio positively, a manager will invite you :)
WHAT YOU CAN DO HERE:
doest thou need some help with your Original Character? From personality traits to backstories, you're totally welcome to ask for help in the comments!
✰ ask for help or suggestions!
✰support others and give ideas!
✰ chat about character tropes, cliches and more!
✰ read comments, and maybe you'll find some character inspiration!
✰ get involved!!
A) flaws: I believe character flaws are the keystone for personalities. Giving your character flaws does not make them less compelling, giving characters flaws makes them feel REAL. So apply this to your characters! Make sure your flaw is strong enough to push forward the story you are trying to tell. Does your OCs' flaw contradict with their destiny? peers? goals? how does their flaw affect them and the story?
Here are some flaw ideas!
- nosy / gossipy
- low self-esteem
using flaws is something that's hard, but the trick is to intertwine their flaw into the story. If your character is superstitious this in turn may cause them to not trust others-- even those closest to them! They may miss out on crucial opportunities that works as a turning point for their story and push those closest to them away. Whether or not the character learns from their flaw in the end is something decidable and entirely up to you, but the endless string of consequences that can result from this flaw can make for a very compelling story!
B) angst: the key to a heart-wrenching angsty storyline lies in what the loss means. Let's peel back the layers, character angst in a story does not always have to be the loss of a best friend or loved one. In general it can be summarized as "what did this character lose" and "how is that going to change them."
a character can not only lose a loved one, but also lose:
- their morals (joy, empathy, etc.)
- an item or gift (family heirloom)
- a relationship (divorce, etc.)
- status (social, royalty, etc.)
- physical appearance
weaving loss into your story is a great way to make things emotional, and don't be afraid to include more than one thing! tragedy and angst is always fun to work with, just make sure it works with your character and their story! And example of loss:
if my story was about an arrogant elf who leaves his homeland and everyone he loves to prove he is the greatest swordsman, but in the end sees his mistakes after causing harm, and tries to return home only to find everyone he knew and loved had been massacred! then he loses something! :D
See? fun stuff!
to be written!