We’ve all been there, or, are about to be there. The process of sitting down and trying to pull together, out of the air around us, the idea of a character. In many cases, the first time you make a character, it’s typically one of the most odd, hard, an overall, confusing process. Granted, there are those who experience the opposite of this, normally, most do not. This guide is for anyone who is making a character for the first time, just wants a few pointers, or those looking to redefine their character in a better sense. Each section will cover an overview of the character making process and provide you with tips on how to do it, along with examples to help you along the way get a better sense of each topic.
From the beginning of time, storytelling has been something that many people do, not just to ensure the history of their people is persevered, but to have an creative outlet and have fun.
Like many, when writing a character bio, one can be overwhelmed with the “what if”s that come with brewing up a person out of scratch. Playing god with words and pixels is pretty interesting, and for many beginners, can be a scary and at times, a daunting task, that can lead to many to be discouraged. But, do not fret my new rpers, and old alike wishing to pick up a few tips, I’m here to help break down the process for you. So take a seat, grab a piece of paper, or rather,open up a new document, and lets go to work!
As in any writing process, we have to figure out, what exactly needs to be done, and what our requirements are. With creating a new character, it’s important to have the basics. Every student for Hogwarts will have the same info, as well as will all the staff (for things like creatures, ghosts, etc etc, there might be some variations, and or things not needed, but the general is the same)
Typically, when making your character you want the following things to give you a good starting point
- Name – Ember O’Connor
- Age – 14
- Gender – Female
- Student, Professor, creature, other – Student
- Magical ability/Bloodline – Can do magic, her parents were both wizards, tho her mother is a halfblood.
Dealing with the first thing, that can sometimes be the most annoying of all the basics, is the name of your character. The name is something more important that one might think. Typically, if the rp goes well, you will grow a bond with your character. Their name is something you will either grow to love or hate. Choosing one with meaning (aka googling or reading up on first and last name meanings) can help add a level to your character. Normally, you want to pick a name that will have relevance to their story, background, and their personality.
Ex: Rosemary – Tends to be for girls who are sweet, associated with beauty. Girl with this name, would be seen as nice, gentle hearted, beauties. This does not mean that your character has to be like this, but it’s the idea that follows the name
Chance – A strong male name, ofc, also the verb chance, this name bring about the idea of a clear faced, good guy. Again, your character might not follow this rule, but the idea of their name might bring about a different image than how they truly are.
With these basic thing we can start to figure out what is it we want from our character. Their age will determine their personality/attitude, world experience, their appearance, their knowledge level, and most importantly, their view on life. This is important because how a character views the world, determines what rping them will be like. Keep in mind that the age will change as you rp your character so over time they will evolve, but initially it is something that you can feed off when rping.
Depending on what you are going for in a character, you might already know if you wish to play a boy or a girl, but take the time to really think of this. Today you can play a girl whom has a very boyish personality, and that can make for a more rounded character, or a male who is very feminine. Either way, it’s important to give thought as to what you want to be, seeing how it will affect certain parts of your story.