Characterization & Character Creation
Table of Contents
- General Characterization
- Character Conceptualization & Creation
- Relationships, Romance, & Shipping
- Children & Cute Things
- Character Names
- Character Design
- Avengers Characters (Movieverse)
What Is A Mary Sue?
What constitutes a Mary Sue 'round these parts.
Mary Sue Subtypes
Detailed descriptions of various subtypes of Mary Sues.
Before You Go Declaring Other Peoples' Characters Mary Sues...
Because people are often way too happy and quick to point fingers at other peoples' characters.
Basic Tips To Write Better & More Despicable Villains - Updated Nov. 13!
A collection of tips on writing villains.
Tips For Writing & Roleplaying Canon Characters Better
Assorted tips and pointers to help you improve your skill at writing and roleplaying canon characters.
Tips For Writing Better Human/Humanlike Characters Who Are Really 700 Years Old (Give Or Take A Few Centuries)
Tips to write long-lived characters who don't act like a bunch of addle-brained teenagers.
Basic Tips To Write Better Chosen Ones
Some pointers to help you write this easily-borked character type.
Tips For Writing More "Masculine" Characters
Because if I see Steve Rogers act like a 16-year-old girl one more time, I'm going to have to start punching trees and peeing on fences.
Basic Tips To Write Better Geniuses, Scientists, & Intellectuals
How to write smart characters who aren't horribly dull or straw Vulcans, or some kind of ridiculous cerebral superbeings.
Basic Tips To Avoid Tokenism
Tips to write minority characters without creating the dreaded Token X Character.
Basic Tips To Write Better (And More Likeable) Badasses
Tips to write badasses that your audience won't hope the "bad" guys will kill.
Basic Tips To Write Better Heel-Face Turns
How to have your villain turning to good be more plausible.
Basic Tips For Writing Better Ensemble Casts
Whether they be a team of superheroes or a band of wandering vagabonds!
Plotting, Conniving, & Manipulating - What It Isn't, And What It Is
Tips to help you write more believable plotters and manipulators.
Exercises To Improve Your Character Writing & Roleplaying Skills
Write and play better characters.
A Few Things Writers Need To Know About Sexuality & Gender Expression
Particularly with regard to writing gender and sexual minorities.
Character Conceptualization & Creation
Character Creation & Development Theory (Or, How To Make Characters 101!) - NEW!
The basic processes of creating and developing characters, as well as the basic anatomy of a complete character.
Quick & Dirty Characterization Tips & "Cheats"
For those times when you need to create a character fast.
Basic Tips To Get More Racial Diversity In Your Writing
Because far too many people still have difficulty with this one (and don't even realize it).
Basic Tips To Improve Your OCs & Fan Characters
Just what it says on the tin.
Tips To Create Better OC Relatives of Canon Characters
Tips to create fan characters who are related to canon characters that aren't entirely terrible.
Character Development Questions
Questions to help you develop your characters.
Creating Semi-Randomized Characters
Some of the methods I use to create semi-randomized characters.
Keeping Shapeshifters From Getting Overpowered
Some quick ideas for keeping shapeshifting characters in check.
So You Wanna Write A Powerful Character That Probably Won't Be Perceived As A Mary Sue?
Yes, really, you can write powerful characters without them being accused of Sue-dom.
Common, Yet Terrible Character Descriptors - And How To Fix Them (And Write Better Descriptions In General)
How to describe your character so your description contains useful information, rather than useless generalities.
Tips 'N Stuff To Create, Write, & Draw Better Female Action Heroes
Create more awesome asskicking ladies.
Yet Another Superpower Generation Tool
A method to come up with powers for superheroes and supervillains using dice.
Basic Tips To Create Better Characters With Tragic & Traumatic Backstories
Often necessary to a character, but very often handled poorly.
Common Problems In Roleplaying Characters
Horrendously common problems seen these days.
Relationships, Romance, & Shipping
Basic Tips To Write Healthy Relationships
For whether you're writing a romance story, or a story that happens to have a romance in it.
Romantic Couple Development Questions
Questions to help you better develop your romances, ships, and OTPs.
Basic Tips To Write Better Abuse Victims & Abuse Situations
Because there are a lot of misconceptions about abuse and such.
Things To Avoid When Writing Romance Novels
Unfortunate and implausible archetypes and scenarios that keep popping up in romance novels that have got to go.
Tips to Write & Roleplay Believable Successful Long-Term Relationships
Whether you're writing a couple or playing one half of a ship or intended ship.
Tips To End Canon Ships Better & More Believably
Looking to end a canon ship so you can write your preferred/desired ship? Here are a few tips and pointers.
Children & Cute Things
Writing Children Right
A piece on the unrealistic behavior of children in fiction versus their actual behavior.
Wonder-Baby Syndrome - Or, How To Make Your Audience Hate Your Character's Crotchfruit
Title is self-explanitory.
Notes & Musings On Writing Cute Characters
Things on making characters cute without making them unrealistic or barf-inducing.
"I Need Help Naming My Character!" - What To Do When You Don't Know What To Name Your Character
Some tips and advice on naming characters.
Names of THE FUTURE!!!
A quick look at what kinds of names people might have in the future.
Tricks & Tips For Naming Superheroes & Supervillains
Things to help you figure out what to name your superhero or supervillain.
Tricks & Tips For Creating Fantasy, Sci-Fi, & Other SF Names
How to create new SF names that aren't horrible!
Too few names to make a random generator; too many names to go to waste.
Why Your Fan Senshi Looks Terrible (Or, The Common Pitfalls of Sailor Moon Fan Character Design)
Pointers to help you create Sailor Moon fan characters that look nice. (A good read even if you're not a Sailor Moon fan, because most of the tips can apply to just about any character.)
Hazards & Liabilities In Hair, Costume, & Wardrobe
Things to keep in mind when designing characters who work in potentially-hazardous situations.
Avengers Characters (Movieverse)
The Marvel/Avengers Roleplaying & OC Creation Resource Kit
Stuff to help you develop your Avengers OCs or find critical information about the universe; mostly a link directory to on-site and offsite resources.
Tips & Notes on Writing & Playing Steve Rogers/Captain America
Be the best Steve you can be!
Tips & Notes on Writing & Playing Thor
Avoid being so bad at writing Thor that it hurtth.
Tips & Notes on Writing & Playing Loki
Nail down that slippery trickster.
Tips & Notes on Writing & Playing Iron Man/Tony Stark
We can't all actually be rich eccentric inventors, but hey, we can pretend...