Checklist for character development.
Created by myself, compiled from questions gleaned from several sources, and some of my own additions.
It should be noted, that not every character will check every one of these things off. It is not REQUIRED to have all this information, but this checklist is, rather, a guideline for helping you think of your character as an entire, three dimentional being with thoughts, feelings, possessions, contradictions and background.
A character is 20% revealed to the reader, 80% writer/author/Mun knowledge. What the Reader sees is just the tip of the iceburg, but without the other 80% the character can’t help but come off feeling shallow. There’s nothing beneath the surface - KNOWING as much bout your character as possible, instrinsicly, in detail, intimately, can do nothing but help build believability and dimension to your character.
Use only the things on this list that you feel are important, but I would like to remind you that the reader learns a lot about a character NOT through exposition (that’s kind of a cheat, and always feels , to me, like a rather clunky way of conveying knowlege), but through their actions, quirks, thoughts, and even through the things they own and carry with them. What kind of food they eat and how they eat it. What they wear. What they carry in their wallets. I encourage you, as writers, to consider these things when creating a character, and encourage you MORE to leave the exposition out and tell us about your character through these other means!
If nothing else, this will give you a LOT to work with when writing with your character. Maybe it’ll spur you to write about the character’s parents. Or the relationship between them and their family. Maybe you’ll find yourself inspired to write something about how they lost everything in a fire - and the importance each remembered lost item held.
There is certainly no rule that says you HAVE to do it this way, but invariably, the most memorable characters are the ones that we as readers can relate with. It’s hard to relate with just words - but people - with beliefs and dreams and fears - that’s something we can get behind.
I certainly hope you find this useful, and since so many have been inclined to reblog and like this, I shall endeavor to add more character creation and writing tips, lists and excercises up on this blog!
I think this is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
i think i just orgasmed
I noticed Gilbo has been getting lots of asks about Mehron and Ben Nye for troll painting, and I figured I’d make sort of a general post about the whole deal, since Ayden, Eva, Jax and I have used the three main body paints for trolls.
Snazaroo - just add water
so Snaz is pretty easy to get your hands on (Michael’s Craft Store, Curry’s), and is easy on your wallet, usually. You want the light grey colour- NOT THE METALLIC KIND.
Pros: just add water, $/disk is very inexpensive, nice for cool weather meetups, if you get it on your cosplay it will come out with a wet cloth
Cons: just add water, can be streaky, Makara’s beware: the white is hella thin, containers crack and break easy, can be hard to seal, and then you flake on people.
We like to apply ours with a nice soft brush, because we find it doesn’t streak as bad, and goes on fairly evenly. Jax is about the only one of us that uses Snaz frequently, and she’s our Makara cosplayer. She likes it for details, and because you can get it off super easy.
I find Snazaroo takes me a long time to do my face, but I’m bad at getting it on evenly. You also have to be super careful wearing it in warmer weather though, because as soon as you start sweating, you melt.
Ben Nye- It wont come off
Costuming and Theatre make-up stores carry this stuff, but those can be a bit tricky to find. Toronto has a couple, but you can order it online as well. They come in tiny little disks that seal up nicely, and Corpse/Cadaver Grey works well or trolls. You can also mix 1 light grey with 1 white, to get two nice troll grey disks (zap them in the microwave for like, 3 seconds).
Pros: Doesn’t need water to apply, sturdy container with twisty lid, fairly waterproof, less streaky, doesn’t rub off easy, the little disks will last you more than one con (probably 3 cons, unless you’re a Piexes cosplayer).
Cons: invest in some good body wash because wow that shit is tough to get off, sEAL IT LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER SEALED BEFORE, you are likely to break out like two days later if you have sensitive skin, if it gets on your cosplay you’re fucked. machine wash will get it out, but that’s not useful at a convention hotel.
Ayden and I used Ben Nye for 2 years before we switched to mostly Mehron. Again, use a paint brush to apply it smoothly to your face, but don’t just gob it on there. you want a thin layer that covers, or else it just wont seal.
The only reason we still don’t use Ben Nye for everything, is the cost. Eva used Ben Nye at Katsu for her Psiioniic cosplay, and it went on fine for her. It stayed well, and for whatever reason, also came off fairly easy too.
For important arm and leg info, as well as sealing info, see the bottom of the post.
Mehron - Twisty!
Order it online, it comes in handy little twist tubes. We figured it would be the same cost as a few disks of Ben Nye but WOW IT LASTS WAY LONGER.
Pros: handy twist tube, no water needed, fairly water proof, smooth and even on skin, it will last you a looonnggg time (Ayden has Fef'd 4+ times in this, and its lasted us 4+ conventions- and we're not even half way through the two tubes we bought) ((*edit* it lasted a year. 2 tubes, a whole year, and we shared with people.))
Cons: scrub scrub scrub to get it off, machine wash to get it out of clothes, a lot of work to seal, sometimes the twisty mechanism skips- just smack it around a bit.
This stuff you can kind of just, apply directly onto your face. go in stripes- think war paint. then use a brush to spread it around evenly. Again, don’t go too thick or it wont seal.
I find Mehron makes me break out less than Ben Nye does- not exactly sure what the chemical difference is between them, but, its a thing.
Here is a comparison between Ben Nye and Mehron- Ayden's Condy is done with Mehron, while Eva's Psiioniic is Ben Nye
SEAL YOUR PAINT
i don’t care what brand you’re using- SEAL IT. Even Snaz can rub off when you give someone a hug, so be careful!
Pick up some Ben Nye final seal- its so useful and smells like mint! c:
There’s loads of different fancy powder seals you can use for Ben Nye of Mehron, but my group likes to use baby powder. Its super easy to get a hold of, and we found it evens out the grey quite nicely. And then you’re all smooth!!
Apply this with caution though, because wow that shit gets everywhere. Hotel tubs and showers are good for this though, because it will just wash away with a quick rinse.
Put some on your finger tips, and rub that all over yourself. everywhere that’s been painted. if you put too much on, you’ll just be rubbing off powder instead of paint, and that’s almost just as awful, so be smart about it.
Try not to inhale too much of it either…
*edit: I forgot, but you can also seal with hairspray. You might get sticky, its probably not very healthy, but it does work if you’re really in a pinch.*
Painting your arms!
With Snaz, you just sorta paint it right on as evenly as you can, but Mehron and Ben Nye sometimes give people trouble.
Ayden and I put the usual stripes down our arms (I’m going to guess about an inch and a half apart?), and then smear the paint with our palms! it covers much nicer, and just you sorta, rub it in. I don’t have to do this very often, but as a Piexies cosplayer, Ayden's gotten really good at it.
If you have sorta fluffy arms like I do, you’re going to have smear in the same direction as your hair goes.It’ll plaster it down, but that’s fine.
Painting your legs
you will maybe do it once, and you will regret everything. Invest in some light grey tights from We Love Colours. they match most light grey paint, and then you don’t have to spend hours greying up and scrubbing them right back off.
Other Tips n Tricks!
- apply a thin layer of grey Snaz under your Ben Nye or Meyron! this makes it easier to wash off past the first initial scrub (: Mattie is a sweetheart and taught us this at Ohayocon, and we are SO VERY THANKFUL.
- Bring spare towels! We like to bring one towel to brutally murder over a convention, and a couple little face cloths too. Accept the fact that you’re probably going to mess up your make-up at least once or twice. You’re going to have to rub your face before you seal, or even after you seal to make sure it worked. that’s what the big towel is for. Pap your face down to make sure all the extra powder seal is off, and that you didn’t miss anywhere! you’ll know, because there’ll be a big grey blotch on the towel.
the little cloths (you could use rags too, i suppose), are helpful to keep in a purse or backpack for when you’re on the go. sometimes you find a powder poof mark on a shoulder or a sleeve- these little towels are great for quickly getting rid of the mark
- Make up wipes are your new best friend. wow yes, make-up wipes. Going to dinner after the con, but don’t have time to shower? That’s fine if you’ve got a little thing of make-up wipes to scrub your face clean (:
- Okay, so, you’re grey, that’s good, but you should probably do more than just that. Look up some contouring tutorials on youtube for both female and male costumes. If you can handle eye liner (some people can’t), do your waterline and along the top lid. smear that around, give your Karkat cosplay some tired looking eyes. a bit of blood coloured eye shadow and blush on the girls doesn’t hurt- and even on some of the boys too, just not as much.
- Fake eyelashes look fucking awesome. they’re like, two bucks usually? you can get some on ebay for hella cheap? They make female cosplays stand out just way more. You can put them on top of greyed eyelids without any trouble.
- If you’re wearing contacts- PUT THEM IN FIRST. I’m a huge baby about sticking things in my eyes, so I always cry a little bit, and that would muck up my make-up.
- BRUSH YOUR TEETH BEFORE YOU GREY. AYDEN ALWAYS FORGETS TO AND HAS TO REDO HER CHIN.
- Don’t forget about your eyebrows. when you grey, you cover them up. You can always draw your eyebrows back on with eyeliner on top of your actual brows (or exaggerate them for the character). another option is to mascara your eyebrows? or even put eyeshadow on them?
- Everyone has a grey routine, don’t feel like you have to fit someone else’s way of getting ready. I prefer to do: contacts, snaz, mehron, powder, spritz, pap-check with a towel, then put on my wig, outfit and other makeup.
Exactly what it says on the tin. This list isn’t comprehensive, but it’s growing all the time. For anyone and everyone who’s tired of “your mouth is saying no but your body’s saying yes” and other methods of ~forced seduction~. If you like those tropes in your manga, that’s fine—this list wasn’t created to kink-shame anyone or make people feel bad about what they like. It’s just a resource for those of us who like our love stories with consensual sexytimes.
I didn’t originally compile this list, but the OP would like to remain uncredited. I have read everything on the list and can personally vouch for its accuracy and general awesomeness. If you have any questions or concerns (especially if you’d like a warning added to one of the manga or you catch a slip-up) please shoot me an ask!
Also feel free to submit more non-con free titles and I’ll add them on!
SO in case anyone wanted to make their own body pillow case, my friend told me about this site, after making me some pillows for Christmas last year! Shipping depends on the place you’re ordering from, but $24.99 for a custom body pillow of any character you want? Who can beat that??? I’ve got some regular pillows from this site, and the color and print quality is great and they are really soft!
Now excuse me while I go make 70 for myself.
Reblogging because apparently if you sign up, (and maybe if you dont idk) you get a coupon to use and you get 20% off anything you order! AND FREE SHIPPING. Get on that,body pillow loving friends!
I love how the example the site put up is a bunch of sunflowers
yeah people are totally going to use this
I should just sell body pillow covers of Jared looking horrified.
I compiled most of the writing websites I’ve mentioned on my blog into one post. I find a lot of these sites useful, so hopefully they can help you out!
Imagination Prompt Generator: This give you a one-sentence writing prompt that will help you come up with ideas. I think it also allows you to set a ten minute timer for each prompt.
Wridea: I really like this site because you can write down simple ideas that you can organize later and put into a bigger project. You can share these ideas or the site will help you randomly match ideas. It’s great for brainstorming and building a fully formed outline.
List of Unusual Words — Here’s a site you can browse through that gives you a list of unusual words for every letting in the alphabet. If you’re looking to switch up your vocab, or looking to develop a way a character speaks, this is a good reference.
Picometer — Here’s a writing progress meter that can be embedded on your site or blog. There’s also the Writertopia meter that shows word count/current mood.
Cut Up Machine: This website takes whatever words you typed or pasted into the box and rearranges your sentences. It’s not practical for writing a novel, but it might help with poetry OR coming up with ideas. Experiment with it and see what you can come up with.
Orion’s Arm: This is a great website to use if you want to research worldbuilding or if you have science questions. There are tons of resources you can use.
Word Frequency Counter: If you’re finding that you’re using the same words over and over again, this website should help. You’ll be able to count the frequency usage of each word in your text. This should help you switch up the words you’re using and understand where the problem might be.
Phrase Frequency Counter: This is same site explained above, but it counts the phrases you’re using.
My Writing Nook: This allows you to write or jot down ideas wherever you are. You don’t need to have your laptop in order to access it, so it might help you during this time. You can write as long as you have your phone.
Writer: The Internet Typewriter - This site lets you write, save, share, and/or convert your writing online. I tried it out and it’s pretty cool. It saves for you and is a great way to brainstorm or plan out some ideas.
The Forge - The Forge is a fantasy, creature, spell, and location name generator. It’s awesome.
One Word: This site gives you one word to write about for 60 seconds. This should help you get started with your own writing and will work as a writing prompt to get you warmed up. It’s a great way to get yourself motivated.
Confusing Words: On this site you can search through confusing words that often stump many writers. It’s not a huge reference, but it should help you with some writing/grammar issues.
Cliché Finder: This site allows you to enter parts of your writing and it will search for clichés. If you find that you’re using the same phrases over and over again, this will help a lot. I haven’t messed around with it too much, but it looks useful.
Hand Written Fonts: If you’re looking for great hand written fonts, this is a great reference. All of them are pretty awesome.
Tip of My Tongue — you know when you’re trying to think of a specific word, but you just can’t remember what it is? This site will help you narrow down your thoughts and find that word you’ve been looking for. It can be extremely frustrating when you have to stop writing because you get a stuck on a word, so this should help cut that down.
How to take your wig from gross to great!
This isn’t a new method at all, but instead my results using this tutorial.
While the before shot is pretty terrible photo quality to begin with, you can see the wig is basically a ratty, gross-looking mess.
- Find a tank or bucket and empty a capful of fabric softener into it (more softener if your wig is longer).
- Add enough water to submerge the wig, and make sure to flip it inside out before you put it in the water. Swish it around to make sure it’s saturated, and then let it soak for a few days. I left mine is for a little over two days, but I would suggest leaving it in closer for the five days the original tutorial suggests.
- Lay the wig out on a towel to dry. I didn’t wash out the fabric softener, and when it was damp instead of dripping, I put it on a wig stand.
- After it’s completely dry, brush through it with a wig brush, or at least a brush with wire teeth. Plastic teeth will create static and no one wants that.
- If you need a wig brush, try checking out beauty stores. Failing that, you can usually find wire brushes at pet stores, and they work as well as any wig brush.
- Spray lightly with dry shampoo or sprinkle with talcum powder. Brush your wig again after a few minutes to help disperse the powder and keep your wig from looking chalky. You may experience a small amount of shedding during the brushing process, but it shouldn’t be anything too severe.
And there you have it!
First step: edit. Edit like crazy. Once you’ve done that, get someone else to read your story, and then edit it again.
If it’s a short story, I strongly suggest you sign up at Duotrope.com. It’s $5 a month, though I believe you can sign up for just one month to try it out, and it’ll give you access to complete listings for magazines and anthologies that are currently open for short story submissions (including some publishers accepting novels and novellas).
If it’s a novel, you have a few different routes to take. First decide how you want to publish. If writing is primarily a hobby for you - that is, you’re not really trying to make a career out of it, or at least not just yet - then you can go ahead and self-publish through the Kindle direct program on Amazon, Smashwords, etc. Be sure to do your research to figure out which service you think is best.
NEVER use a self-publishing service like Publish America or Xlibris. Unless you are paying for specific services DIRECTLY - that is, paying for an editor or for someone to design a book cover if you’re self publishing, or if you’re directly paying for paperback copies - there is never any reason to pay a company to publish your book for you.
If you do want to take a slightly more professional approach to publishing, there are still quite a few options. If your story fits into a niche market then you may consider researching and approaching smaller, indie publishers. The biggest benefits here is that indie publishers don’t require you to have an agent, and they are willing to take a chance on unknown authors and more experimental writing.
If you think your novel has what it takes to be published on a much larger scale, then you have a long process ahead of you that will begin with you finding an agent. Again, tons of research needed to find the agent who’s best for the type of story you’re writing.
Approaching an agent is tough. You’ll need to learn to write a query letter, a synopsis of your novel, and you’ll need to learn to be patient.
There are tons of online resources that’ll walk you through the process of what happens once you start contacting agents, and what happens if one of them takes an interest in you. Usually, you’ll have to send the agent your full manuscript, and from there they may ask you to revise and send it back to them to see if it’s what they want. If they decide to represent you, they’ll shop it around to bigger publishers to see if any editors decide to take it on. I encourage anybody who’s taking this route to do tons of research on the process on their own.
I can’t tell you which route is best for you. I’ve had two stories published, and I have one more coming out in the next few months. I got very lucky with my published stories in that I follow quite a few writers on Twitter and one of them happened to post about the anthology that I ultimately ended up getting my first story published in. From there, I developed a pretty good group of writer friends and connections.
The best advice I can give you overall is to do a ton of research and to always keep your eyes open for possibilities. I’m still not a professional writer by any means, but the fact that I have my name out there will hopefully be my foot in the door for future endeavors.
Good luck to you!
(see, I DID do something for 200 followers. 12 followers late, but it’s something! owo”)
All music here is free to use in your games or other projects without charge, either operating on a “Ok to use as long as you give me credit” basis, a Creative Commons License, or is already in the public domain (meaning there’s no copyright on it).
And feel free to add on more resources to this post if you like. c:
➤ Free Collections Ready for Download
(don’t worry, it’s not all yume nikki in here! Keep reading!)
Plasterbrain’s Yume Freebie Collection - plasterbrain's Yume Nikki Fangame Sound dump. According to them, they're ok with you using it for any type of projects as long as you don't redistribute the pack for money. Check out their sound cloud. They also did music for DREAM VS DREAM, a Yume Nikki fighting game you can play here. Music loops.
Yume Nikki Fangame Month - bwarch's pay-if-you-want-it-would-be-really-nice-if-you-did-but-it's-fine-if-you-don't pack of free to use Yume Nikki Fangame music for your Yume Nikki fan game (I did the art for it!). Has a bunch of rad tracks for you to use! Check out his Bandcamp here, his Soundcloud here, and his Youtube here. Music loops.
The Remains of the 8 Bit Collective - A huge file of Chiptune/8 Bit music free to use from the now down site 8 Bit Collective. There’s a bunch of crap, but there are good ones in there too. Music loops.
RPG Maker.net’s Music Pack - RPG Maker.net’s form got together and put out a wonderful album full of RPG Music for you to use. Music & loops.
Noyemi’s Free to Use Resources - Along with her Placeholder pack, she also has some free to use music & sounds as well. She’s the maker of Amihailu in Dreamland & Hell Diary, two rad games with equally rad soundtracks. Check out her sound cloud here! And her bandcamp here!
➤ Websites for Downloading Music
Freesound.org - Check the licensing agreement on the things you download! Sound Effects and Music Loops. You’ll need an account before you download anything, but the library is just so vast that it’s well worth it.
Looperman - Focuses on loops for audio software (so if you want to add more to it feel free). Here’s their terms & conditions page. You also have to create an account before you download anything. Loops, samples, sound effects, acapellas, & raps.
Sound Bible - Royalty-free Sound Effects under the public domain & attribution creative commons license.
Media College - has like, 10 loops in the public domain for you to download.
Free SFX - I linked to their License Page because it’s a bit hidden. Free Sound Effects. Yes, you have to make an account, but it’s free.
JWinter Music - A blog that post free to use Music, mostly for youtube videos.
FreePD.com - All of it is in the public domain (everything’s free to use because the copyright expired/there was no copyright in the first place). Loops.
Media Collage - Free Sound Effects as long as you don’t sell them yourself.
SampleSwap.org -“You must Log in (or register) in order to download these samples.… 100% of the samples on this site are free, but registration helps us fight MP3 robots and establish controls over how much gets downloaded, and when.” Samples, Music & Noise Loops, & sound effects.
Dig.CCMixter.org Check each track for a money symbol next to it. If there is none, it’s free to download. Free music.
Incompetech - All music is under creative commons, made by one dude. It’s a LOT of music, & is separated by different genres if you want to search for things.
iBeats - for when you need looping beats for your music. Remember, check the license (some are public domain, some are under commercial use under attribution, and most under a non-commercial license).
FreeMusicArchive.org - most works are under the Creative Commons license. Music & Spoken Word downloads.
Free Loops - Mostly Free Loops & VST Plug ins. Like so many others, check the license before downloading.
Musopen - Aims to be the largest public domain music collection. Go ahead and check if the recording itself as well as the composition is in public domain. Most recordings are. The site offers Classical Music Downloads, as well as Sheet Music.
Vita Chi - Free to use for both commercial & non-commercial projects! Music, Screams, & Sound Effects. Mad Father has
Classical Masterpiece Sound Library - Need free classical music and fast? Shazam! Free to use commercially and non-commecially. Alice Mare & The Crooked Man used this site for their classical pieces.
Senses Circuit - Wadanohara & the Great Blue Sea.
Pocket Sound - Free to use Sound Effects! “This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon a work, even commercially, as long as you credit them for the original creation.”
Tami Music Factory - Free to use commercially & non commercially. Check out the copyright page here. Sound effects, loops (Midi & Ogg), and… uh, mobile ringtones if you’re in need of those 0w0”.
Amacha Music - According to the FAQ, it’s free for both commercial and non-commecial use. Music.
H/MIX GALLERY - free background music/loops made by Hirokazu Akiyama. Free for non commercial use only though, you’ll have to pay for a license if you want to use it commercially. Mad Father, the Crooked Man, The Witch’s House, Alice Mare,
Otonomori - According to Rindere, it’s a free to use sound effects website for commercial and non-commercial uses.
Presence of Music - I’m pretty sure it’s just for non-commecial use only. Has music for both standard RPGs & Horror RPGs. Loops, I believe. Ib & the Witch’s House both have music from this site.
*Asterisk* - Free to use Midi files & Web music. Credit is not necessary, but appreciated.
koukaongen.com - Free to use sound effects, music, & loops. Credit is nice, but you don’t need to link back to them. I’m pretty sure it’s noncommercial use only. One of the sites used by the creator of Ib.
A few more found by Rindere - I’m not translating these anymore, you’re on your own. >3< BUT they’re all supposed to be Sound Effects websites.
rabbit-hole-divisions - All their music is free to use. I haven’t heard from them in a while though!
Yume Nikki Fangame Music Sheet - Just something if you like sheet music & Yume Nikki fan games.
➤ Browser Music Making Programs
Make Music in your own browser! (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc.)
http://www.pulseboy.com - An 8bit/Chiptune Music Maker!
Bfxr - A sound effects maker!
as3sfxr - another sound effects maker! A bit simpler than Bfxr.
➤ Free Plug ins
Some Chiptune VSTs (the post warns you that you probably shouldn’t the Toad & Peach ones!)
ALSO check out the YT channel “audiopad” all their stuff is under a free use lisence EVEN FOR COMMERCIAL WORK so if you want to get some money for your hard work, you can use their music legally, so long as you honor the license!