Sunday, 19 June 2011
05:10:15 PM (GMT)
Now, this is not writing or any sort of prose in truth, but characters are a key
element of written word these days. And that's what I need help with at the moment.
I am in the process of designing a character for a project I've been selected for
locally - it's actually a film project about the Zombie Apocalypse (yes, we're that
cool) - but the initial stages do involve script writing, and character/plot
development, so I figured what better place to turn to help than you lovely people
who all share my passion for creativity.
My character is the "techy" of the group of survivors - she's a social hermit of
sorts, between her late teens and early twenties. She finished high school with
mediocre grades, due to wasting the majority of her study time playing video games
and prowling the Internet. She might not have been the most stand out character in
normal society, but her talents with a computer were recognized by the government,
and she is presently employed as a computer hacker.
She's a "nerd" at heart, and the fact that she has seen nearly all the
zombie-apocalypse films ever directed proves an advantage to the group of survivors
she ends up with - her technological skills are not a hinderence either. She's a
pessimist however, with a brutally honest personality to go along side, due to her
inexperience with other people and her lack of social skills. She is rather cynical
with a crude sense of humour, but thinks logically and practically - though she might
not be academically clever, she is a quick processor of situations and information,
and she's is initiatively smart in that sense.So, there's a brief summary of my creation so far - but herein lies my problem. She
needs to be fleshed out - she needs more traits, influences, likes and dislikes. At
the moment she is words on a page, and needs to be brought to life.
She also needs a name.
This is where I would like to request for help - suggestions, criticisms or ideas I
could incorporate into my character.
And the name. I'm rather stuck with that. I'm swaying towards something using
initials - as people sometimes do with longer names (eg. I once knew a girl called
Alexandra Jenkins who went by AJ) - and I was in this sense thinking of the name
Elsie, which could in turn be written as LC. Opinions? However, I also like the names
'Andrea', 'Eilis' and 'Jen'. But I also need a surname. Please, help me decide, even
if you just state what you do or don't like.
So, suggestions, please! And if you want to know anything more, please ask me - or
even suggest the things I haven't covered.