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Among other facets of writing... by ZeroGravityCroquet Among other facets of writing... by ZeroGravityCroquet
Think about it.

Everyone who's ever written starts somewhere at the bottom. When kids are young, they make flat characters, exaggerated characters, or simply themselves with a different name. It's like a child drawing stick figures.

As the person gets older and writes more, they begin to observe people around them, grabbing traits to use in characters. They practice, and they start to understand the basics of a good character, like an artist beginning to observe their surroundings and learning from them.

Finally, once someone has written for a long period of time and explored different kinds of characters, they understand how to make them believable. To continue the comparison, it's a visual artist gaining a good grasp on anatomy/perspective/etc. and refining their skills.

Like visual art, some people will have a talent for creating believable, likeable characters, whereas some others may try all their lives and still feel that their characters are missing something.

It's a facet of writing that, in of itself, is an art. That's my view on it, anyway.


Made with `DoItForTheLulz's stamp brush.
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NeneKanerva Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When I started making characters, they were really similar to each other and they made no sense. I have developed a lot since from those times, but I still have much to learn. Well, my Aren has been with me for a few years and I know she will stay. You know, the OC who never leaves? ;D
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DaniellaCrest Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist
My first character (that I can remember, anyways) was Julliette Harrison, a 15 and a half year old girl with magical powers. I designed her when I was 9 years old and I still remember her.
I drew plenty of 'people' before I actually took time to design a personality for any of them.
Looking back, I realize that the only 'Mary-Sue' that I had was Marrisa Breaker, a mean-girl type of cheerleader. Others had their flaws and holes in their personality, but most of them where pretty good.
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EmeraldReaper Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Giving variety to a cast of characters gives them life and adds interest. Building a personality is a skill. ;)
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KhalilK Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
This is too true. I think developing characters' personalities is the best part about making that character.
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What-if-Writer Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Spot on. I once made a character that was meant to be one of those Draco-Malfoy rivals. Then he developed over time :) This was spot on and well done for putting it up. 
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Vanilla-Flaminga Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I realise this too. It is an art. My first characters were as flat as a pancake, or were Mary-Sues or were just plain boring. Nowadays I try to do what I can to make my characters not carbon copies of each other as well. I try to think of balanced personalities, how their surroundings and pasts shape their opinions and personalities now, and other things. It's hard, and I wouldn't say my characters are brilliant, but thanks to tons of writing help blogs and to just thinking about the aspects of real people I feel I've come a long way. I always feel like my characters are missing something, but luckily some of my friends like them, so at least they're appealing to somebody out there! :)
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SweetBerryPie Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice stamp :)
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WineInAnOpenWound Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Character building's a hobby of mine.
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Aerodil Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I totally agree! I'm currently woking on a book to sell and I'm trying to make the characters as best as I can.
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Sofia-kun Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
You're right. Thank you for making that stamp.
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AltoPhonse Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
My friend, I couldn't have worded t any better than you have. Stunning work, it's right on the dot. :)
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Katsuye-Kara Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I totally agree!! :D Is it ok that I used this stamp on my profile :-?
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ZeroGravityCroquet Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Go right ahead.
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Katsuye-Kara Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
yay!!!! thanks! :happybounce:
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TexasDreamer01 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Yes! Precisely! :tighthug:
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meimeiawesome Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ah.
i love this stamp .
expresses the truth..
may i ask, what font did you use for this? :o
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ZeroGravityCroquet Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
I don't remember, sorry. ^^;
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HopeSwings777 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Too true!
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Somiko-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011   General Artist
I agree with this stamp. Alright if I use this on my page? :)
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ZeroGravityCroquet Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Go right ahead. :la:
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Somiko-Raven Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011   General Artist
Thank you :la:
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