When Creating Characters

So when it comes to creating characters, there are a TON of “questionnaires” for your story characters, so when you go to create them, you know everything.

Down to their Social Security number.

And if that doesn’t scream creepy-suspicious, I don’t know what does. (Or maybe it’s going to a higher-end restaurant, and still having your CARDS STOLEN, by someone who couldn’t afford four dollars from the Red Box, so they steal it from a SIXTEEN year old, who has to pay for COLLEGE and a CAR. It’s been a long week).

That being said, here a list of questions for your character that I find to be the most important (mainly ideas being pulled from a few different choice questionnaires, one even from Proust).

1. What’s your full name?

2. In ten words, how would you describe your flaws?

3. What’s the least favorite thing about you?

4. Retrospectively, how would you describe your perks?

5. What’s the favorite thing about you?

6. How would you describe your stance with your family in ten words?

7.  What is your greatest fear?

8. What is one quark of yours that doesn’t seem that big of deal, but is in your eyes?

9. Do you have any distinguishable scars that few people know about?

10. What was the best moment in your life?

11. What was the most trying moment in your life?

12. Given a chance, how would you change a recent situation that you feel disdain towards?

13. Emotionally, what is your biggest pet peeve?

14. What is one song you would use to describe you and your life?

15. Throughout the years we have lost lives that should never have gone the way they should? How would you save them? Who would you save, if you could choose one life?

 

I more-or-less wrote this Questionnaire on the idea that you’re building off of your characters flaws, and weaknesses. Rather then starting with appearance, I’ve found myself struggling to keep in mind what keeps a character running.

For example, when writing a character that might have experienced a death of their parent, due to cancer, their response to each once might vary. Often times these are questions we might find ourselves unintentionally asking characters, as we read or watch works of others. Fast and The Furious wouldn’t be great, if it wasn’t family driven, if connections wasn’t a motivation. The characters wouldn’t be as enjoyable, and would be less developed. It would be like Mr.Smith Goes to Washington, only Mr.Smith doesn’t go to Washington and spend days fighting to make a point, because Mr.Smith doesn’t care.

So, that being said, I’d say that when writing characters, knowing looks and age will most definitely help, however, knowing what makes them would be the most important.

Someone might answer the question about scars about something physical, but a character that’s more philosophical would respond with something more deep.

And that concludes today’s Writer’s Square.

I want to apologize for the lack of posts, my past week has been filled with fun, fun meetings, work and you know, movies I almost payed for but never got to watch.

That being said, I hope ya’ll have one ginchy day, and remember to live your life like the ginchy story that it is!

HaziWords

Writing Emotions: Positive Emotions

Right, positive emotions. We have only positivity here folks, no self-deprecating thoughts, no sad emotions.

That’s right, let’s wash that all away, and acknowledge that we’re all beautiful amazing, creative people, who are slaying the writing game.

That being said, positive reactions to certain situations can be a bit more… complicated, so here’s my short guide to Positive Emotions, for your Positive…and you’re less positive characters.

  •   Moody Characters: These characters are the type who are more commonly written to “smirk”, then to smile *ahem* that’s a lie. If you’re trying to write them like an actual attitude-induced person, then please take it from your local expert, (me), that they aren’t actually cold, and they might smirk if it’s kinda funny, but don’t forget to write the inner charm, and make sure to write the smile that reaches the eyes.

*When writing this character, make certain that they’re not so broken that they can’t laugh at a comedy show, or smile at a video of a Step-Dad being given adoption papers. This wouldn’t make them moody, this would make them numb. They still are humans, and their loved ones aren’t the only ones who can make them giggle-they are, however, the only one’s that can light up their face, and that is the most positive reaction of them all.

  •  The Bubbly Character: The bubbly characters love when everybody is laughing, and nine-times-out-of-ten, won’t fully be laughing until everybody else is. These characters are usually more in tuned with positive emotions of others and will never feel laughter, unless everybody else is.

*All to often, bubbly characters are written to be the positive outlet, smiling at all times, and this is true, HOWEVER, in retrospect, they would more likely work themselves to stress trying to make someone smile, then they would be focused on their own.

  • The Edgy Character: They have a crass sense of humor, I’ll give you that. George in Rampage, is a brilliant depiction of an edgy character. He might be the type to cringe at a dad joke, but will definitely crack a smile at a “Guess I’ll die” joke. They wouldn’t be the type to laugh so much at a comedy routine, but at a fart joke during church.

*Edgy characters are more of the “class-lacking” type if you will, and can easily become that annoying kid in class that everybody hates, but can’t help but laugh at. However, even in the laughter, don’t be afraid to peel the layers in a character, and definitely DO NOT, leave the “Suicide” jokes lying in a book, without a clear up in what the character might be going through. They might act like a living meme, but like the meme-makers, or the scene-makers (from the show/movie/picture), their’s usually a deeper, or more hidden meaning.

  •  The Drama Character: You know, the ones that role their eyes at the edgy ones, get upset over simple jokes, but will definitely know how to “guffaw” too much at others jokes that they’re trying to suck up too. Usually, though, even though I’d like to say that they have a sense of humor, something tells me that even a Best Man Joke at a Wedding speech would kill them.

*Please DO NOT write a drama character without a soul, though, they might laugh, HOWEVER, as I mentioned, most jokes frustrate them, intentionally, or unintentionally.

  • Numb Characters: They’re numb, they won’t laugh, and with these characters, now’s about a good time to bust those bad-boys write open, and let your characters get a good idea of who they are.

*By this, I mean if someone asks why they aren’t enjoying it, they’d probably tell them why. Avoid too many emotions, and more specifically, watch the movements, all too often body positions can be taken the wrong way, so if they’re stance was defeated shoulders, one might expect sadness from them, rather then no emotions at all (more likely to use the “crossed arms” position, as this is a sign of close mindedness, and less attentive to what they might be hearing.

  •  The Wise Characters: These Characters laugh when they need, and smile the most, but given the chance, and they would most definitely use it for a lesson for both themselves and others.
  • The Intellectually Driven Ones: These characters wouldn’t be making only nerdy dad jokes, they’d also most commonly laugh at any joke that was correct, as in a joke about an impossible brain cancer wouldn’t be as funny as just a simple relatable joke about their mom.

*However, they common chance that they get stuck in a situation of laughter is rare, so be careful not to write it as a norm.

And guess what? That ends today’s short guide to Character Responses to laughter/playfulness. What are your thoughts? Is there anything I missed? How would you write these characters, and their responses? I’d love to hear!

Thanks for reading, and remember to live your life like the ginchy story that it is!

HaziWords