Quick Tips: Identify & Relate.

While you and your character are not the same person- so for Odin’s sake don’t take things personally- your character will benefit infinitely if you can either identify with them or see things from their point of view. Because it will be different from yours. It may be similar, yes, but there will be subtle differences. They may be more antagonistic than you, or more passive- or even apathetic. Take the time to get out of your own head- take on the role, like an actor… but when the time comes? Drop it. Clear your head.

  • Create a playlist for your character. You. You create it. Make it perfect. Somewhere around six plus songs long would be a good amount so you don’t get tired of the same songs too quickly. 

  • Try to write as if your character were speaking. By this I mean the writing itself, not just when they’re speaking- are they a quick speaker, excited? Try writing in short, clipped sentences with the occasional longer one to mix it up when they get into a rambling thought. Or maybe they’re slower-paced, so take the time to write out thoughtful, long sentences. It helps to create the mood you’re trying to present…whether that be tense, happy, or something else.
           
     [I present to you an example for this below the cut- a sample I wrote for a Walking Dead roleplay.]

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oscarjaenada:

Bastille Lyrics texture pack by Daiya Darko
So here’s my first texture pack! I just really, really like Bastille.
Contains 9 textures
Three of which are light leaks
One is white
Don’t steal this, man. I put off a end-of-semester project to make these
Edits in the promo made by my beautiful beta, Jessie.

oscarjaenada:

Bastille Lyrics texture pack by Daiya Darko

So here’s my first texture pack! I just really, really like Bastille.

  • Contains 9 textures
  • Three of which are light leaks
  • One is white
  • Don’t steal this, man. I put off a end-of-semester project to make these
  • Edits in the promo made by my beautiful beta, Jessie.
Loki is online and here to aid you in your travels.  You may approach for reviews, graphic requests [0/5], general aid requests or assistance in writing- as well as, of course, any rants or thoughts you might wish to see.

Loki is online and here to aid you in your travels.  You may approach for reviews, graphic requests [0/5], general aid requests or assistance in writing- as well as, of course, any rants or thoughts you might wish to see.

getting in touch with your character

 01: lyrics

I’m not sure what to call it, but it’s something I noticed right off the bat when I made my first indie blog. It’s a trend of forming phrases or, more often, lyrics into art. I’ve taken to calling it text art myself, but that’s likely a laughable term to explain it. Regardless, it’s not only fun though potentially time consuming but a way to prod you into seeking out that song that is just absolutely perfect for your character. Since I can hardly explain what I mean, here’s an example:

When    that    storm    comes,

             don’t    r u n    for cover,
                               don’t run from the {comin’ storm},
 
                                               cause there ain’t no use in

                                                                    [ r u n n i n ’ ].

Something like that. Take your time with it. Make it longer. Make it a form of art to express your character. Is your character strong, steadfast? Compose a pattern of pillars and boxes. Are they free-willed, moving as if they are the wind? Throw the lyrics around, make wild patterns. I like to think of it as spending time with my character.

Experiment.

Also for your viewing pleasure, other examples I have done;
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On the naming of characters.

Naming a character is special. Throwing names at a character might work, every now and then, but it’s bound to fit like a size seven shoe when you need a size five or ten. Consider your character. Do they fall under an archetype? Can you describe them in three words? Are they strong, are they gentle, weak, loving, cruel… and so on. Now, this list below isn’t nearly enough for the full spectrum, but I hope it assists someone somewhere. Keep in mind that this is also merely my opinion. A name may give someone else an entirely different conception and this is a very small sampling(only delving into first names).

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My own personal to-do list is the following;

  • a playlist inspired by candy shops and electricity.
  • a list of names(first and last) that may, in turn, inspire the feelings of strength, gentleness and weakness.
nothing but the water; a playlist for when you’re a sinner about to drown, when you’re lost at sea, when you can barely recall the flowers blooming in the summer heat but you try your best…

I. nothing but the water (I); grace potter and the nocturnalsII. let the river in; radical faceIII. lili marleen; whitestone mpIV. souls too loud; the revivalistsV. kingdom come; the civil warsVI. restless sinner; black rebel motorcycle clubVII. the storms are on the ocean; great lake swimmersVIII. within the rose; matthew and the atlasIX. the ocean song; tiny vipersX. buried in water; dead mans bones

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nothing but the water; a playlist for when you’re a sinner about to drown, when you’re lost at sea, when you can barely recall the flowers blooming in the summer heat but you try your best…

I. nothing but the water (I); grace potter and the nocturnals
II. let the river in; radical face
III. lili marleen; whitestone mp
IV. souls too loud; the revivalists
V. kingdom come; the civil wars
VI. restless sinner; black rebel motorcycle club
VII. the storms are on the ocean; great lake swimmers
VIII. within the rose; matthew and the atlas
IX. the ocean song; tiny vipers
X. buried in water; dead mans bones

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frida-rpc said: these are really pretty omg

You hush. touches your face lovingly

Some more graphic examples to either hurt your eyes or make you cry from joy. It’s your choice, really. I know which one I’d pick.

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