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Re: Character Survey Thread

Postby Goldenwolfmidna » May 28th, 2018, 3:38:45 am

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."
Well, I guess..
2. Do you prefer writing male or female characters? Why?
Female, and no real idea why I have a preference. I can write both, though.
3. How attached do you get to your own characters? Do you think getting too attached is a problem?
I love them all. and no.
4. How attached do you get to other people's characters?
If they're likable, I do.
5. Do you formulate a story to fit your characters, or do you write characters to fit a story?
Depends.
6. How do you go about making a character? Do you think it's an effective method?
I use real people as inspiration and then think about the character.
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Re: Character Survey Thread

Postby ShadowOfThePhoenix » June 11th, 2018, 12:47:29 pm

I've posted here multiple times let's do this again woohoo

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."
Not necessarily. I think about what traits would make a character interesting, and then I just roll with that. A lot of my characters are kinda opposite of my own personality, but as I'm sure anybody does, I often unconsciously (or sometimes consciously) insert some of my traits into my characters.

Do you prefer writing male or female characters? Why?
Male characters. I'm female, so I have no idea why this is, but I'm more comfortable writing about guys than girls. Maybe I feel like I can relate to them more somehow??

How attached do you get to your own characters? Do you think getting too attached is a problem?
I rarely ever get too attached to my own characters, so I dunno if it's a problem since it's not one I have, lol. Very occasionally I create a character that I really like, but it doesn't happen too often.

How attached do you get to other people's characters?
Very. I'm a huge nerd, and the moment I get really involved or interested in a TV show or a video game or whatever, I will be a hundred times more attached to those characters than to any of my own. I've noticed a lot of people like to insert original characters into their favorite fandoms, but I've never done this (at least not that I can recall) because I care way too much about the canon characters and I don't care at all about my own.

Do you formulate a story to fit your characters, or do you write characters to fit a story?
Uh... both. Sometimes I'll build a fantasy world I think is interesting, then I'll insert some characters to fit into it - but then other times I'll daydream up a character I think could be cool, and I'll try to fit the world around them and create an interesting story from that. But even then, I don't necessarily think I'm all that good at writing my own original things. I still try though.

How do you go about making a character? Do you think it's an effective method?
Often I think of their design first. There are certain physical traits I love just because I think they look interesting and they're fun to draw (like pointed ears, horns, odd eye colors, sharp teeth, claws, sometimes animal ears and a tail, basically anything really fantasy-like) and then I'll draw that character and think of their personality and history from there. I've noticed that drawing my characters makes me far more interested in them than if I don't. I feel like it's a decent method, even though I've only recently started doing this, because I've become slightly more invested in my own characters ever since. Drawing something usually gives me so many ideas. My mind will be running wild with their personality, possible powers/abilities, and history as I'm doodling. It's fun and I wanna try it more often.

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Re: Character Survey Thread

Postby gazaereal » May 26th, 2019, 3:48:07 pm

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."

Weather or not I base my characters off of myself and in what capacity varies greatly on how quickly I have to think up their responses to different situations. So a character from my written story would probably not be based off of me at all, while a character from a tabletop RPG would be closely connected. X3

2. Do you prefer writing male or female characters? Why?

I actually don't have a preference! Although I do sometimes choose certain story roles for certain genders, I generally don't mind writing any.

3. How attached do you get to your own characters? Do you think getting too attached is a problem?

Yes, very... and yes.

4. How attached do you get to other people's characters?

All depends on how the narrative is delivered, and how original are the characters.

5. Do you formulate a story to fit your characters, or do you write characters to fit a story?

A bit of both. I usually get basic world ideas first, and then make up some characters for it, and make the story specifics last.

6. How do you go about making a character? Do you think it's an effective method?

It's... very random and spontaneous, so no. I often get inspired by ether certain personality traits, certain story ideas or certain design ideas, and work around fitting other aspects of a character based on that. Most of the time, it really takes me little to think up a character, but a lot to work out the very itty bitty specifics.
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Re: Character Survey Thread

Postby Omira » June 1st, 2019, 5:40:24 pm

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."
2. Do you prefer writing male or female characters? Why?
3. How attached do you get to your own characters? Do you think getting too attached is a problem?
4. How attached do you get to other people's characters?
5. Do you formulate a story to fit your characters, or do you write characters to fit a story?
6. How do you go about making a character? Do you think it's an effective method?

1. I haven't written a lot but when I have...some of my characters are and some aren't. Some are based off of people I know or if I want to try out writing from the POV of a new/different perspective. But yes...my main one is based off of me but with slight additions.
2.I think I can write as both but I notice that writing as a female turns out better well....because...I am one. Its much easier. But occasionally, like on my collaborative story, I have to write from the POV of the male character. (Because my partner is sometimes lazy)
3.I get very attached. And...i suppose it is. My stories/writings get too...alike. But I have the above mentioned partner that challenges me and randomly says "create a character that is ____" and...I do. And then get attached to that one.
4.Hmm...kinda. I haven't noticed any pattern in me liking characters. I guess...If they are relatable or not. Like...if they interest me. If I connect then yes...I get attached.
5.No set answer. Sometimes I get an idea for who the character should be and then choose a story for them. But sometimes I get a great plot idea and events and then I have to choose the best type of character that will fit.
6.Making a character? Well...I sorta just get ideas for characters and then I quickly write them down so I don't forget. Then, usually at the end of the week or when I have time, I look through all my written notes and improve them. "This one has potential and will last and this one...what idea did I have for it? Nah..." This method works for me. The only downside is having a lot of started ideas and getting everything going. I can deal with specifics of a character and overall plot but...not the writing part. Not great at descriptions.

It was fun to answer these! And wow...i just had a lot of realizations. Thanks!
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Re: Character Survey Thread

Postby darnerdemons » July 12th, 2019, 9:37:12 pm

Ahem.
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."
Yes, i'd say a good 30% of the characters i have played and a solid 60% of the ones i have made were at least loosely based off some of my personality traits and quirks.
2. Do you prefer writing male or female characters? Why?
I prefer to write male characters when i am writing a first person narrative story, as i can more easily relate to the problems and mindset of a male, due to myself being one. However when i write in third person i like to write female characters more as they tend to be more expressive outwardly while also remaining subtle with their inward desires.
3. How attached do you get to your own characters? Do you think getting too attached is a problem?
I tend to get attached to my original characters during the course of their stories and character arcs, as i feel if *i* can connect with and become attached to the story i myself am writing, then it makes it even easier for others to get attached to them as well. So i feel there isn't an issue with getting too attached personally.
4. How attached do you get to other people's characters?
This can vary heavily depending on how well i know the person behind the character, the character itself, my characters interactions with said character, their character arcs together, progression, and all manner of other. Generally i at least form a basic attachment that i want to see them grow as people at least.
5. Do you formulate a story to fit your characters, or do you write characters to fit a story?
This also is a highly varied answer for me, as sometimes i write a character to fit a world i have set and fit a role for that story to continue on as a living mcguffin, and other times i write the story to fit my characters and naturally progress them along on their journey in life. A prime example of that is one of my oldest original characters, Hikaru W. Doku, who i wrote a drabble/backstory on a long time ago and posted in magistream. He was written as a character first, and story later.
6. How do you go about making a character? Do you think it's an effective method?
For me, i generally try and form a basic idea on what i want the character to be like, what sets them apart, what they like and dislike, how they talk, and other minor details. This of course makes me spend a lot more time on creating my characters in the end however, so i don't think its very effective, but it is how i like to write them.
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Re: Character Survey Thread

Postby HobbitFeet » July 18th, 2019, 7:17:49 pm

To start, and to be fair, I've never posted any of my writing here. I also tend to work with fanfiction. Just to put that out there.


1. Are any of your characters based off of you? : I've had a self-character. She's evolved from my teenage years. Her name's changed, her hair color's changed, but she's always had the same essence. I've used her on various RP sites. I try not to over-power her or make her stand out too much, much like myself. I do make other, more interesting characters to flesh out my repertoire, but she's my standard.

2. Do you prefer writing male or female characters? Why? : It really depends. If it's fanfiction, I stick with male characters. When I RP, I tend to create more female characters, but I do enjoy writing both.

3. How attached do you get to your own characters? Do you think getting too attached is a problem? : For the most part, I've made a cute little collection of interesting folks. There have been a couple that I wasn't married to the idea of and regretted introducing them into the world. I don't know if I consider having an attachment a problem, but if you've received a bit of light criticism and you refuse to consider it because you feel like your character is utter perfection, then THAT'S a problem.

4. How attached do you get to other people's characters? : I've gotta like them. I prefer damaged characters too, that's my fault. I feel like they lend a little extra to their narration. But if they're perfection incarnate, I'm not interested.

5. Do you formulate a story to fit your characters, or do you write characters to fit a story? : I start with an idea for a story. Back when making forums were easier and free (that's a jab at the money hungry), I've made multiple worlds that were wildly different. Then I came up with characters on the fly. And then I grew attached to them. I don't know if it's a common practice, but I learn about my characters through writing with them.

6. How do you go about making a character? Do you think it's an effective method? : LIke I mentioned, I have my base character. She's slightly altered by what sort of world she's in. Then I feel out an idea about a possible character, play around with the idea a bit, then flesh them out enough to the point where I feel comfortable writing them.

I answered these mostly as an old RPer. It's been some years since I've actively written WITH people. I'm not comfortable with my talent level, so I've slowly stopped doing it :derr:
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