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Postby berry » Thu Oct 20, 2005 4:32 am

Thanks Magus,
I may worry a little too much about how things can destroy relationships but then I am a counsellor/psychotherapist, I think you may be right though it would be hard to write the character and then spend time trying to disguise it.
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Postby Magus » Thu Oct 20, 2005 10:48 am

My brother's friends got mad at him when he was a kid and would write them into his stories only to kill them off. He's a senior in college now and just as close to them as he ever was. Same thing happened with me when we had to make stories for Halloween back in fifth grade. I improvised half of mine, killing off my friend and making him a girl as well. He was mad, but all he did was kill me off in his later on when it was his turn (I learned that I should go last to avoid vengeance-stories) :wink And I'm still just as close to him.
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Postby aldan » Sun Oct 23, 2005 1:14 am

Another thing that you may wish to try is to look at the novels that you've read that you REALLY enjoyed and figure out what it was about them that attracted you to them. For me it is when an author does a great job developing characters. I've found that if I will work to widen my reading to encompass more and more different writers and genres, I will tend to get more and more ideas for characters. See, I will take my favorite characters and "analyze" them, figuring out all the facets of their personalities. Then I will take the portions of them that would work best in my story and use those to create the new characters. However, I try NEVER to create my characters from just one individual, but rather to create him/her from at least three. You may wish to give that a shot...
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Postby SchoolTheOld » Tue Mar 14, 2006 4:57 pm

I created my character originally for a stress relief purpose, and thus I have been quite evil to her, but not really finished the story. I've tried to analyze what she has become in the past...

and came up with the conclusion that she was an idealistic version of the last 3 generations of my family combined into one, with a nice mix of the latent attributes of some of my favorite characters.

But she just started out as a warrior :shock:

I've found that characters, once given a task, or a setting, tend to develop themselves if you just tell their story, have them act the way they SHOULD act. That leads me to believe that you can also give them a test situation, which you may not even intend to use in a story, run them through it, just as if you were seeing someone for the first time. It could give you a place to start.

That saying, this method of writing a character does require a lot of editing. That's my problem at the moment... :roll:
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Postby Magus » Thu Mar 16, 2006 4:37 pm

I agree with your second to the last paragraph, School, but I find that I don't like those "test situations". I don't know... they never really appealed to me.
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Postby Bread Butterbeard » Sun May 28, 2006 9:49 am

Test stituations are good usually, however I dont have the time nor patience to try them out, but thats just me ^_^
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