So this article has been bumping around in my head for a while. Probably because I’ve read books/seen movies that left me cringing at the stereotypes/clichés that popped their heads up.
I do admit to being a bit of a stickler for good characters and a little piece of me dies when I see/read anything where there is the heavily clichéd archetype dynamic!
(I’ve even seen it touted as something that should be used as a template for creating characters *shudder*)
When creating characters I think most writers understand that they need to think about them in terms of physicality and personality.
After all your reader needs to have a vague notion of their looks and attitudes in order to connect to them.
I have covered some basics in Character Creating so feel free to have a gander at that tutorial.
Wait a minute, is this a post on a Tuesday? Yes it is! The reason is that I wanted all my older tutorials that had originally been on my dA page to be listed here. This is the last so now it’s up I can go on submitting new tutorials.
Don’t worry, there will still be a new post this Friday. For those who haven’t read this before, consider it a bonus post 🙂
So, what is a Mary Sue?
It is used as a form of criticism in literature and refers to an idealised and somewhat “perfect” character. One that appears to have no flaws or if they do they are so limited that all the “perfect” characteristics overwhelm them, making the character “flat.”
In my Basic Description tutorial I did mention characters briefly. However here is some more details when writing your characters.
Note: Most of my tutorials while they cover “writing”, they are more geared towards Fantasy writers so I might mention more fantasy-style things 🙂