I’ve always had this tendency to apologize for everything—even things that aren’t my fault, things that actually hurt me or were wrongs against me.
It’s become automatic, a compulsion I am constantly fighting. Even more disturbingly, I’ve discovered in conversations with my female friends that…
Anonymous asked: Is it possible to write an arrogant character, who is also likable? I guess the trick is to not overdone their arrogance. Any tips?
-They can be arrogant on the outside, but make their arrogance a mask to cover up a vulnerability. Give them some traits that make them redeemable, even if they’re things they keep on the inside and never share with the outside world.
Willian Fitzsimmons - Beautiful Girl (Song for Agatha Prendergast - ParaNorman)
Always just this.
Anonymous asked: I’ve followed your blog for quite a while and you are brilliant! That being said, I’d like to ask for advice. Lately I’ve had trouble finding a muse. I can’t find something to write about. The things I do write I can’t find passion for. Others feel like overused ideas and…
Things to Avoid When Making Characters:
- Basing your fictional character too much on one real person
- Basing characters on people you know without their permission
- Worrying so much about avoiding clichés, tropes, and stock characters that you’re unable to create a character at all
- Creating a character with traits you’re not familiar with (such as a disability or mental illness) without doing extensive research
- Basing a character on stereotypes or guesswork
- Forgetting that your character is human first and foremost, and that various traits do not define the person
- Giving your character any trait as a plot device or because you think it makes them more interesting
- Forgetting to give your character a good balance of strengths and weaknesses
- Not spending enough time to develop your character fully
- Giving your character too much of any on personality trait
- Forgetting to give your character internal and external conflicts, hopes, dreams, fears, interests, and goals