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Sunday, 31 January 2010
06:01:39 AM (GMT)
This is for my fellow writers of stories and such who use Kupika!

I was once told that the difference between a good author and a bad author is that a
good author can write about characters who are unlike themselves and who they want to
be.

I sort of see what they mean. It's too easy to write about Mary Sue's who have rare
magical powers or whatever just because we want those powers.

And I know some authors, even professionals (Meg Cabot for instance) write books were
the protaganist always has the same personality. You'll read three seperate series
from one person, and the character is always the same. Each book may be good, but
still...

So my challenge/ inpiration is that all writers who find themselves lacking
inspiration or motivation should try writing something from the perspective of a
character who is unlike the person you are.

Say you are a person like my older sister who hates expending energy (as she puts
it). I want her to write about someone who is really motivated! (She doesn't want to
bother. Big shock.)

That's just about it. Bye!

Comments 
‹{☜☏☞}› says:   31 January 2010   292380  
I was told that when you make a character, you need to give it too
big flaws and to big strengths, one of them belonging to you and one
of them being the opposite form you. And if you keep that in mind
whenever you're writing about them, you should be able to have a good,
interesting character that you can relate to but can still see many
differences. ie:-

Lucy Brown~ She will be very loud (flaw) and great at
drawing (strength) like me, but she will be a very
organised (strength) and horrible with children, unlike
me.

Now all I need to do to to complete my character is her looks. And it
would be a good thing to do the 2 flaws and strengths again. ie:-

Lucy Brown~ She has a big nose, but it's kinda cute, (strength)
and is really tall (flaw) like me, but she has long dark hair
and black eyes (strength) and is a bit too thin (flaw) unlike me.

So now I have an interesting character, which is not mary sue, and I
can somewhat relate to her. And I was also once told that if you deal
with the extremes first, the small things in the middle would somehow
all fit together. If I wrote a story with Lucy Brown, keeping the main
flaws and strengths in mind, I can always add a few minor ones, like
her being scared of silence, or having a cute liverpool accent, or
being great at astrology, or a vegetarian. Anything really :]
 
Kirti says:   1 February 2010   205965  
@spacedustchaser 
... Tall and thin with flowing black hair isn't a Mary Sue
description? Since when? 
 
‹{☜☏☞}› says:   1 February 2010   288281  
@Kirti 
I said really tall, and Lucy is a girl, so it's really hard for her.
And I said too thin, like anorexic thin, not very mary sue. And I
never said flowing, for all you know her hair could be as dry as straw
or real greasy. 
 
‹goodfornothing› says:   1 February 2010   727995  
what always gets me is when people give their characters flaws
that, of course, would be flaws in real life, but since it's a story,
the flaws don't even tie in with what happens.
I know that sounds confusing: let me expand.

you know in roleplay clubs, when you create your character, and it's
like...
Strengths (at least three) :
Weaknesses (at least three) :
and people fill in their applications like
Strengths (at least three) : has an amazing singing voice, is a
good multitasker, has a great sense of fashion.
Weaknesses (at least three : can't cook to save her life, isn't
good around kids, has bad eyesight.
then, of course, when the story/roleplay starts there is not a single
kid in sight and no opportunity to cook. yet, people list those as
flaws. clearly, they're not flaws (in this situation) if they don't
impact the story!

it's really difficult for people, I mean, to give their characters
REALISTIC (!!!) flaws and strengths.
 
Kirti says:   3 February 2010   279137  
@HarryismyHero 
Yeah, you're right! I suppose you would have to have a basic
concept of the plot worked out before working out the character.

But then, that sort of makes sense. When people make fanfic the
characters are established first and then they get inserted into a
plot. It's sort of fitting if to write your own stuff you had to do it
the other way around. 
 
‹goodfornothing› says:   3 February 2010   942438  
@Kirti 
what I mean to say is, some flaws that are flaws in real life
are not flaws in stories, and people need to learn to recognize and
avoid those.
for example, not being able to cook is a flaw in real life, but not in
a story. it's sort of the "easy way out", in fact. I can't really
explain it - but you know what I mean, right?
a flaw in a story that's also a flaw in real life is, say, being
obnoxious. then again, no one ones to read about an obnoxious person.
it's a hard, hard world, that writing world. hehe. 
 
Kirti says:   3 February 2010   570723  
@HarryismyHero 
No, I do see what you mean. In order to have "real flaws", you need to
know that they're going to be doing. (That's what I meant when
I started rambling about plots.) 
 
‹goodfornothing› says:   3 February 2010   771597  
@Kirti 
yes, yes, exactly.
'scuse my lame examples but.
flaw in a pirate roleplay: is a bad fighter.
flaw in a princess roleplay: is fat lolno. doesn't like
dresses.

switch those two and it's just not relevant. 
 
Kirti says:   3 February 2010   526191  
@HarryismyHero 
Lsts! I think fatness would be worse there! I'm afraid I've never
roleplayed though. 
 
‹goodfornothing› says :   4 February 2010   547384  
@Kirti 
technically being fat would be a flaw in both positions hehe.
kshgsk do it, it's fun c: 
 

 
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