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Character Design 101
When it comes to character design, there's more to it than just the appearance of a character. While the looks of a character can tell a lot about said character, we all know that looks can be deceiving!
A lot of people seem to think that designing the appearance of a character is a character design. It is, when it comes to visual design. But what is the character like?  
When people do give attention to that question, they'll often come up with characters that are either loved or hated by everyone, that have epic superpowers or superhuman abilities that no one (not even God) can ever hope to topple, and if they do somehow get beaten the shit out of them suddenly remember that there's an even greater power sleeping within them, which they will instantly activate no matter if they got just a scratch or are severely wounded. I'm not even going into the melodramatic background stories of them there.
So, what makes a good character design? What is the key to making a belie
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Writing Lesson: Character Traits
It's come to my attention as of late that there are a few traits that people give their characters for no other reason than making their character unique. I thought I would just ignore it, but then they started popping up everywhere. I mean everywhere. I looked through the deviations in a group yesterday and saw reoccurring "traits" that make me want to tear my hair out. So this handy guide is here to tell you what's been done to death and when (if ever) it's still okay to use it. I am by no means a professional, but I certainly hope you'll take some of this to heart.
Please keep in mind that these are all just opinions, really. I am not telling you that you can't do these things! (Not that I have the authority to do that anyway). More than anything, these are just things to take into consideration when creating a character for a novel.
Physical Traits
Heterochromia. This is the condition where one's eyes are two different colors.
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How to Make a Great Story
I was going to make this into a Youtube vid but it’s such a long-winded speech and a lot of the time my dad is in the room right next to me (darn dad working at home now). Besides, in text form, I can’t mispronounce things and you can refer back to this information.
So suppose you’re a person who wants to make an epic story for people to remember for generations to come (be it for a movie, book, game or whatever), like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Seems easy, but to tell the truth it’s much easier said than done.
How do you do it? More importantly……Where do you start?
Step 1: The Idea
Well the best place to start would be the beginning, with an idea. I suggest you come up with LOTS of ideas, rather than just one, because there’s a rather high chance some of those ideas will be either:
   1. Crap
   2. Already done a million times by other people
It’s true. Great minds do think alike, and if you keep c
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Characters -A Tutorial-
                                     HOW TO CREATE CHARACTERS
What’s the most important part of the story besides plot? The characters of course! So, depending on how you write, either come up with the plot first or the characters first---whatever suits you. Let’s begin. ^_^
The Basics
(steps 1-9 do NOT have to be in order, use whatever order suits your creative writing process)
Step #1- Decide the gender of your character. (Male? Female? Gender fluid? Etc)
Step #2- Come up with a personality. Are they stubborn? Too kind for their own good? Really polite? Be sure to go into depth!
Step #3- Give your character a little background information. What were their parents like? Who’s their closest friend? Where did they grow up? Don’t overdo it though; you do NOT need to
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OC Exercise: The Best Cure for Writers Block
'Ello, Kitsune here. As many of you know, I'm currently working on a novel that is taking over my life. Recently, I've been having trouble keeping the personalities of my characters (who have changed a lot over the near eight years that I've been working on my novel) completely straight. I know my main character well enough, since the story follows her life closely, but sometimes I feel like I don't know everyone else in my world enough. 

I'm sure you've all seen the character profiles before. (Name, age, height, physical description, likes, dislikes, etc.) I have filled out more of those than I care to admit, but they very seldom help. Therefore, I came up with this "OC Exercise" to help you get to know your characters better. The best part is, it will even get you some writing practice!

:lightbulb: I highly suggest posting your finished products on deviantart and requesting a critique. This will not only help with your actual writing, but it mi
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Mermaid by Kaisel Mermaid :iconkaisel:Kaisel 468 10 the legend by emptyredhead the legend :iconemptyredhead:emptyredhead 1,415 31 Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Leafbreeze7 Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star :iconleafbreeze7:Leafbreeze7 299 60 misc water smoke element png by dbszabo1 misc water smoke element png :icondbszabo1:dbszabo1 114 12 misc cloud smoke element png by dbszabo1 misc cloud smoke element png :icondbszabo1:dbszabo1 373 88 Broken Promise 3 by MegS-ILS Broken Promise 3 :iconmegs-ils:MegS-ILS 273 75 Broken Promise 7 by MegS-ILS Broken Promise 7 :iconmegs-ils:MegS-ILS 294 96
things I never told you.
some poems feel like water.
this one is more like sand,
and I'm suffocating in the maw
of a desert that was better left
rusting its clairvoyance.
it started one night when I remembered
that I've kept everything you've ever given me:
roses, faces, promises.
I never really understood
how to let things go,
and when the thought of 
turning the things you'd touched
away from my doorstep
choked the poetry from my throat,
I realized why.
I keep reminding myself that
I should probably be nicer to you,
but I think you already know 
that I'm only capable of being nice
when I'm cornered and out of ideas.
and despite what you claim,
you've never been like me.
you have a magic with the world
that I could never hope to understand, and
I think someday you'll charm the devil
into sending you back to the skies.
besides, when it came to you,
I was never an exception.
I named myself a blade of grass
and bit my tongue,
but like they say,
sometimes trouble can find you
when you least expect it.
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