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    Anyone up to help me develop some characters?

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by MisterQueens, Jan 1, 2013.

    I haven't actually started writing my story yet, but here is the basic plot.

    Basically, the typical island plot comes into play where a girl is a boat crash survivor and ends up on an island. She finds a boy there and they have the time of their lives. After making an SOS thing, the girl gets saved but the boy has to stay at the island, his home. And after she leaves, turns out that she left her dairy and the boy reads it and learns that she loved him. Something pangs the boy and he realizes that he deeply loves her back. He builds a boat and tries to find the girl.

    The Boy:
    What is his name? I really don't know. I want a unique, yet uncommon name for romance and novels in general.
    Who is he? An Island survivor..what is his thing? For example- Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games can shoot arrows and she is this brave heroine...etc.

    Tips and ideas on developing the boy..please.

    The Girl:
    What is her name? I don't know...
    Who is she? A ship wreck survivor but she meets the boy-that-lives-on-the-island-for-many-years and the girl is a rich kid

    Tips and ideas on developing the girl.. please.

    THANKS...
     
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    Check out baby name web pages for name inspiration. Also, check out books like Lord of the Flies and Robinson Crusoe, and maybe even The Tempest for characterization ideas. Or watch some Survivor Man, or books on wilderness survival.

    Rich kid girl who is on a boat without GPS....I guess that all depends on the period. Read books from and about the period your story is set in (I'd suggest pre-GPS). Also, consider how she managed to get both her diary and a writing implement to the island, how the boy learned to read, and why he didn't leave.
     
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    Uh, Mr. Queens --
    What is the point (and where is the satisfaction for you) if we do all this for you? You've got to develop the characters. The best way to do this is to spend time with them by writing some scenes with them. (Even if you don't include these scenes in your story.) Was the boy on the island at some point with his father? Has he been all alone on the island his whole life? He must have interacted with someone. Write a scene where he last had a conversation with whoever else was on this island.
    For the girl, write the scene from the morning where she boarded the boat -- she has breakfast with her parents. What do they all say? Who else is at the breakfast? Any siblings? Grandparents? Friends? Who served the breakfast? Did she make it? Did her mom? Servants? Was it at a restaurant or at home? What was she telling anyone who was not going on the trip with her? What did they eat? Where did they sit? What was she feeling about the trip? Figure out what she's left behind. Listen to her conversations with her friends and family. Developing all this background will help immensely in developing her personality. The way she's acted in the past will predict how she acts in the future.

    Then you'll have a start.
     
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    Wait aren't you supposed to take part of a porn stars name and combine it with part of the name of a serial killer?
     
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    If you don't want to develop them, make them metaphors.
     
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    I would be willing to help you out! Just send me a pm and we can get going as far as I am concerned. One warning, I can not guarantuee quality. I will try my best but..I wont make promises that I can not uphold.
     
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    Absolutely agree with Liz on this. Writing is a process. An individual process. The only way to learn is by doing, and character creation and development takes place throughout the story, not merely in the planning stages.

    Exercise your imagination. You will make it stronger and more agile, and your confidence in yourself will grow as well.
     
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    ditto the ditto...
     
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    Wow a couple of weeks ago i wrote down a long plot line [ i don't know what else to call it ] very simular to this.

    Okay here we go.

    My main c. is a pilot he is married with two children,one of them could be a teenage daughter,he finds himself on hard times and get's desperate for money.His son is involved in a drunken prank and ends up seriously ill in hospital.He can't afford the medical bills/aftercare.He decides to get drunk one night and bumps into an old friend who is a pilot.He tells him he makes money flying drugs from one country to another.[you would have to google earth two locations that would pass over an island] he is approached one day at work by a suit who offers him a large ammount of cash [ enough to pay his sons bills] to fly a plane full of [insert drug here] to this second destination.He agrees the daughter is unwell she has food poisoning or something he has no choice but to take her with him.They leave and during the flight the Dad as a heart attack and dies or you could ground the plane anyway you want but he has to die.The plane crashes and ends up in the sea.She swims to the shore then you have the basic survival bit you know food,shelter,ect she go's exploring one day and [i know this sounds weird but bear with] she see's a tiger [yeah a tiger] and the tiger see's her she panics and runs and climbs a tree.While she's up the tree boy apears turns out tigers trained and just a big soft kitten.They talk ect turns out boy is son of eccentric guy who used to collect rare and unusual animals but he has died and the boy didn't want to leave the island because of the animals lot's of of chances to have romantic animal themed bits here he eventually tells her he has a boat she leaves he reads diary relises he's in love.she gets home columbian suits looking for dad and whatever was in plane she finds dads money pays bill brother dunno about him i was going to kill him off.she hates big city life dreaming about boy.Go's back and everyone lived happly ever after.

    If your strugling for names google a random name generator don't try and do a twilight.

    Hope that helps feel free to use anything from above.

    Going back to the girl being in the plane the cloumbians could have told Dad that they would look after his daughter while he was away if you know what i mean?. She escapes and go's to dad.
    If you need a hero the brother could kill the cloumbian and die in the process of saving his sister.
     
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    Hi everyone,
    Am new here just familiarising myself with how things work. I came accross this post I can't resist myself. Ok MQ it seems you got some pretty good thoughts here. I just have a couple of things I want to suggest. One, for the names of both I would first decide the background of both, where is this island located? Indian Ocean? so you can zoom choosing the names that would suit their ethnic background? for instance the boy A Maori, Hawaiian, Indian? Arrow shooter seems so appropriate! but its used already, limited choices on an island, unless he has general "superman" qualities? being on an island for so long and learned how to survive would make him one. Is the island inhabited? How did get there? maybe his father was a wanted criminal of some kind and used the island as hideout, got involved with a local girl? since it won't be fun if both the characters would be springing from shipwrecks, right?

    The girl though, wherever she came from, must have been on a holiday boat and lost her parents in the sea, with all the inheritance waiting for her......so she goes back as a CEO to the surprise of company board members who are not too happy ... Largo winch style? but different. Or an aunt who thought she got to keep all the riches to herself?

    I hope this will help somewhat.

    Nice forum. Looking forward.
     

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