1. Are any of your characters based off of you? I notice this a lot with the so called "Keep Stories" where people call their character "my magi."
No, not really. When I was younger, I used to have characters with the same appearance as me, but not so much anymore.
I do notice that a lot of my characters have a penchant for sarcasm...kind of like me. 2. Do you prefer writing male or female characters? Why?
Most of my narrators are female...I'm a girl.
It's easier for me to know how a girl would react in certain situations than a boy would, so my female characters are more realistic.
Though, most of my supporting characters are male. 3. How attached do you get to your own characters? Do you think getting too attached is a problem?
Hmm...I try not to get too attached, but it happens.
It's necessary to get a tiny bit attached to your characters...Otherwise, it's like you're writing about a complete stranger.
On the other hand, when I get too attached, I kind of tend to take any criticism as a personal affront...I don't want that!4. How attached do you get to other people's characters?
Meh. I don't usually tend to get attached, but...there are some kind of characters that you can't help but root for.
I love caring characters, and even ones that might start off cold but gradually make progress throughout the story.
I also love it when the author fleshes out every character. It can make you fall in love with a supporting character and even make a 'bad guy' likable.
For example:The barbaric enemy soldier you're about to kill.
Does he have a family waiting for him to come home? Maybe he really hates the cause he's fighting for, but wants to be loyal to his country.The quiet guy in the background, always doing what you tell him to, nothing more.
What is he working for? Does he have a family he needs to support? Is he secretly wishing for a promotion?
That kind of stuff makes me fall in love with characters. 5. Do you formulate a story to fit your characters, or do you write characters to fit a story?
I've done both. But I find it easier to come up with the character first, then make the story. Otherwise, it kind of feels like I'm forcing the character into a plot.6. How do you go about making a character? Do you think it's an effective method?
Hmph. Well, this is kind of weird, but I'll tell you it anyway.
I usually start off with the character's voice. It's not something that I deliberately do. I usually create the voice when I find a cool phrase or sentence floating around in my head, which I place as the first line of the story.
Based around my first line, I grab a sheet of paper and start writing anything I know about this character. His/her traits, their attitude, family, etc. Only the relevant information, though. At this point, I really don't care when
their birthday is, I just want to get the essentials out of the way.
After that, I take a look at their traits and try to flesh out the character a little more:They're shy.
Is it because they're genuinely afraid of people, or are they just being polite and modest?They're brave.
Are they really fearless, or do they have nightmares about that last mission every time they try to sleep?
After that, I consider myself pretty much done. All that's left is the physical characteristics, but, in my mind, these don't matter as much as the mental ones.
Also, I'm not a fan of those 'form' sheets. I mean, some of the simpler ones help me remember things, but, honestly
, I don't care what their zodiac sign is, or their score on the Myers-Briggs test.
Sorry that this was so long. I did my best to break it up, but I don't know if it worked.
Oh, well. Would've been even longer if my computer hadn't eaten the first version.