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Okay, so as promised, new content is going to be filling my blog up. This week, I want to talk about something it seems that not a whole lot of people go into detail about; OC creation. I’ll do the best I can to explain it.
You may be wondering what an OC is. An OC stands for ‘own character’, and refers to a character someone made himself. It could be a character designed for a fan fiction, like a lot of people do, or it could be characters in your own book. Most people have at least one OC they like to do things with (roleplay, draw, write a one-shot about.), but if you don’t but want to learn how to make one, you’ve come to the right place.
OC creation doesn’t take that much time, and yet it seems like it does. What I mean by that is it takes a bit of thinking to get that character you want. You have to come up with characteristics, talent, abilities, looks, personality, etc. Sometimes people use what writers call ‘character sheets’ to refer to specifics about their OC. This is very helpful and keeps ideas in a concise order for later reference.
It may seem intimating at first, but with these steps, you’ll be creating OCs in no time! Let’s get started with the first step.
The Character’s Look
This is essential for creation of your own character. Without an appearance, people won’t really know how to picture your character and may become rather bored at the concept. Of course, we don’t want that! So how do we make the character’s outer appearance?
The first step is to imagine what you think they may look like. Hair color and eye color are pretty important, along with the build of the character. A weak and rather skinny kid is probably not going to be lifting any heavy logs with his build, but a burly, strong man will be able to do the job. Build is important to the character because it gives them certain characteristics that will aid them in the story.
It’s also important to note what expression they have. Grumpier people will tend to scowl more, but optimistic, happy characters usually appear pleasant. The grumpy person can look pleasant, of course, but they’re masking what they are feeling, which can be a good trait for characters who try to hide their real selves away from the world.
The Character’s Personality
Personality is also key for a character. It helps viewers and readers dive more into what these characters are like and also helps them relate to the character. Whether angry, happy, optimistic, or depressed, this encourages more life into your character.
One thing that really helped me expand on my OCs’ personality is taking this quiz from my character’s perspective. Personality types really do help other people understand people better, and while some people may not fit into a certain personality type, it really does help get an idea for what they may be like.
It also helps to watch other people’s character, whether it’s on TV or in real life. Trust me, this works wonders! Most screen writers know what they’re doing when designing their character.
The Character’s Intentions and Ambitions
Think about it. We’re all kind of aiming ourselves towards a particular ambition we have. It doesn’t matter what it is; we all have that one dream we want to be fulfilled one day.
So does the OC! The character wants something fulfilled of their own, whether it’s a dream they have or something they want to see happen. Does your character have that get-rick scheme? They’re aiming to be rich, and quickly, so they may collect a bunch of ideas they have in order to get that to happen. What about that female character who wants to get the attention of her crush? She may try different things to impress him.
You could also have those ambition-less characters. Stella is almost one of these types of people; doing what she wants without really having an objective. You could have a character like that, but make sure it works for the character’s personality. One of those characters who is driven towards goals is not going to be ambition-less.
Intentions are important, too. Intentions mean that once something is fulfilled, what they’re going to be doing with it. Some people’s intentions is strictly revenge, for others, it’s just to grab the attention of someone they admire. Personalities do play a key role in character development, so make sure ambitions and intentions match up to them.
The Character’s Role
Role is such an important part of the character. Just like people in the real world have an important role, so does your character. Are they the villain, or are they the protagonist. Is she the side character, or is she just that one character that helps the protagonist get back on her feet?
Jobs of the character could also be a role. For one of my characters, Remus, his role is like that of a scientist or chemist. He works with science quite a bit, so his job leans more towards the chemist side of things.
Of course, any job can be picked, since there are so many different options out there. The jobs the characters do will have an effect on them in many different ways and may strengthen or weaken their character, so it’s important to add that to your OC.
Well, that’s pretty much all you need to know to build your OC! The rest is up to you! Relationships, the world they live in, the clothes they wear-it’s all up to you! And if you get frustrated with yourself, look up some OC building helps! Masterposts of OC creation is out and rally can help you expand on your character! Remember to have fun while doing it!
Thanks for reading! If there is a topic you want me to consider writing about, feel free to comment under one of my posts! Feedback is very much appreciated!
Have a great weekend!