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Anyway…. the actual discussion *ahem*
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First of All, What are the Types of Characters?
First of all, there’s the main character, or protagonist is the leading character ,hero, or heroine of any literary/work. The protagonist is the character that the story should focus on and the readers should connect with the most.
Then there’s the villain, or antagonist, who is basically the exact opposite of the protagonist. The antagonist is the evil, everybody hates character who makes the journey of the protagonist harder. Not all antagonists are persons. Some are even objects, or even something in nature!
There’s also the secondary characters. These are the protagonist’s friends that are featured in the story a lot but are not exactly protagonists.
Then there’s the itty bitty minor characters. The readers will only get a glimpse of these characters life and are not a huge part of the plot/story.
What are Some Examples of these Definitions?
Let’s use Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Harry Potter is the protagonist. (the main character/one that moves the story forward.) Hermione and Ron are the main secondary characters (Harry Potter’s friends/are featured in the story a lot and the audience begins to connect ((and ship!)) with them.) Voldemort is the antagonist. Characters like Dumbledore, Neville, Snape, Hagrid, Mrs Weasley, Ginny, Sirius, Filch, McGongall, Luna, Fred and George and several others are secondary characters. Other characters like Lavender Brown, Parvati Patil, and Padma Patil are minor characters.
How Exactly do I Build Characters?
Good question, marshmallow. For some people (YOU!) when they are reading this part of the post they are like:
Or you are screaming:
Either way, character building is vital when planning your novel. Even if you are a pantser, autocorrect keeps changing that to panther lol you at least need to know the basics of your main character(s)’s personality, name, age, looks, etc.
There are many ways to confuse you little marshmallows build your characters. Let’s take a look at some of those ways.
Worksheets! Aka #Pureawesomeness
Worksheets are my absolute favorite way to build characters. Some great resources are:
All you generally have to do is simply fill out the form that the worksheet has given you. Be sure to be very exact with your answers. I find it helpful to copy and paste your worksheet (but only for personal use! Did you know that copying and pasting a copyrighted worksheet of any kind on to your blog publicly is illegal?) on to a Word document and then fill in the fields by computer so you don’t have to worry about lines and running out of space and stuff.
Illustrate it! Technique —–> If You’re a Visual Learner, this Technique is for You!
Here’s the Illustrate it! Technique! Here are the supplies you will need:
A blank sheet of paper
Colored pencils (PrismaColors Recomended)
What you do:
Using blank paper and imagination, draw a rough sketch of your character with a pencil. Let loose and draw your character! Be sure to add all the details!
Next to the character, put some of the characters details, just name, age, gender, nationality, personality basics, etc.
Honestly, whenever I need to know what a Whirlgig is or when I need to know popular names for German girls in the 1900s, I turn to google. It’s you just type in a few keywords, and it will give you many different tabs to browse those keywords: all, images, videos, shopping, personal, flights, and so much more. There are so many articles out there that google can connect to you. If you are writing a historical fiction, you can just type in your era and have millions of search results relating to it.
Guys, the library is the best place to go. I mean it’s got books on how to write a book. #awesome just ask a librarian and they’ll willingly show you history books, biographies, anything you can imagine.
I like bing because it’s personal, and customizable. Sometimes it’ll even play music! Here I typed in ‘1700s’ into bing.
It shows you timelines, images, and definitions, perfect for using in your historical Fictions.
WHAT IS A HISTORICAL FICTION?
When writing a Historical Fiction, pick a time period first and do some reasearch with one of the resources listed above (by typing in the era). Then you can build your characters and plot on the events that happened in that time period.
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First, Let’s Start With the Supercalifragilisticexpislidociously Awesome Third Person!
Well, maybe we should start with FIRST person. I mean, it says first, right?
First Person: Right you are, Emmie, I said.
Me: Waiiiiittt. What about secound person?
Third Person: Is that even a real thing?, she thought.
First Person: I think there is another one where the story is addressed to YOU.
Third Person: Well, vs only can have two people, she said.
Me: Ummm okey dokey. So who’s going First?
First Person: Me! Me! Me! I’m first person, after all.
Me: okay then. Let’s get started!
First Person: We already started.
Ultimately used in Diary-Formatted novels.
Helps add humor and interest to tHe story.
Helps the reader see the story through ‘I’s’ eyes.
mostly paired with the present Tense.
It’s not as awesome as third.
Everything you talk about in the story must be from the outlook of the character. (E.g. If you are telling the story through a grumpy character, then your whole narritation will be uber negative.)
Everything must be noticed by the character. (E.g. If you say ‘When I wasn’t looking,…’ it will make zero sense. Questions will zip through the reader’s mind. How does he/she know what is happening when he/she is not looking? Does he/she have eyes on the back of his/her head?)
We like to stay positive here at The Realm of Writing, so it’s time to ✋ with the cons.
The Amazing Third Person
It is genuinely easier to write prologues and epilogues with.
Adds a tone of mysteriousness and fantasy.
Commonly paired with the past Tense.
Adds sort of a narrator character.
Wideley used in poems.
The oldest persective.
The Bible is in this perspective.
Sort of serious and not very humorous. Well duh it’s not I said it was serious
Cannot be used in the diary format.
Man it’s hard finding bad things about third
The Ultimatley Ultimate Showdown
I grasp for the next rock. My hands are sore and scraped. My lungs are going to burst. I fumble around blindly for a tree root that might happen to be growing out of the cliff at arms reach. I see a thick branch poking out of the side of the cliff. Perfect, I think as I reach out to grab the root.
My am slips and suddenly I am plummeting down the side of a 200 ft cliff to my doom.
She grasps for the next rock. Her hands are sore and scraped. Her lungs feel like they are going to burst. She fumbles around blindly for a tree root that might happen to be growing out of the cliff at arms reach. She sees a thick branch poking out of the side of the cliff. Perfect, she thinks as she reaches out to grab the root.
Her arm slips and suddenly Lavender is plummeting down the side of a 200 ft cliff to her doom.
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