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    is this ok

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by fantasy girl, Apr 27, 2009.

    i have been wanting to write a fairy story for a while and i finally thought of a plot. so i went looking on the net to look for character ideas. is this good or should it be avoided?
     
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    I wouldn't. Your best inspiration for characters is from peoplewatching, or general life experience with people you have known.

    Using someone else's character, or a template, or other create-a-character methods I've seen, tend to result in flat characters.
     
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    well the pic i have chosen reminds me of my friend, my story is gonna be based on tje trouble she has been through and i think thats why i have chosen that picture. i just wanted some fresh ideas. is this still a thing to avoid?
     
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    So you're talking about searching the web for the character's appearance?
     
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    yeah thats what i ment
     
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    That's probably fine then. A little unconventional maybe, but not wrong.
     
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    You cannot use the picture in your writing withoiut written permission from the artist.
     
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    as long as you don't use the actual picture, there's nothing wrong with that...
     
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    or an edited copy of the picture. That too would be a copyright violation..
     
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    I don't think she means publishing the picture. I think she means using it to get an internal image of the character. I do the same thing myself. Hard to see any difference between working up a character from a modeling website (or porn, I suppose) and using somebody you see at the gym or work.
     
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    Perhaps, but I felt it important to point out the copyright considerations if she DID plan to incorporate the image itself in any form.
     
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    I actually do that a lot. I tend to come up with the character's appearance on my own, but then, keeping that in mind, I'll go people watching / searching. When I find someone who is similar to my description, I'll print out the copy if I found it online, take a photo if it was an actual person...

    I find that way I avoid writing about an ideal person and instead find someone real. I dont think that's so bad. In fact, I think it's some of the best I've ever received (from a professional writer, btw, so I dont think it's something to be avoided). :)
     
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    I do something similar to what you do when developing what my character looks like, but it is a bit hard to explain. I want my characters to look like what they are...:confused: Like I said this will be hard to explain. I don't want the protagonist to look like a bad guy. But pulling that out if thin air is hard for me. What I do, is pull parts of people and pictures together to form one person. I will take one persons eyes, someone else’s nose, another's ears and so on. It is a bit more work, but I end up with a character that is unique and completely my own work. I search online for bits that I like and use them as I see fit…one if my characters has Johnny Depp’s eyes.
     
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    Ah, the Igor Method.

    Actually, this is what most writers do, in some way or the other. And not just description, either.
     
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    thanks for all the replies guys, thats helped alot.
     
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    I like to call it the Frankenstein method, seems a bit more descriptive.
     
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    Really? But wasn't it really Igor who ran around gathering parts of people?
    The doctors always get the credit for what the subordinates do.
     
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    But the Doc put it all together, and brought the creature to life.

    Igor was just his Google.
     
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    And....?
     
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    Haha! I loved this :-D
     
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    ...And anyone can find the parts, it takes skill to put them together into something that resembles a person. My dog finds parts of random animals, it doesn’t mean he can build them into something.
     
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    And... actually meant, "So what?"

    So don't say Igor, it's better to say Frankenstein????? Should we move this to a gag critique forum?

    Jeez
     
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    your a bit off the point here, i asked for help and all your doing is arguing (sorry bout the spelling, its to early)
     
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    Bad spelling, good point.
     
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    so is me using ideas from pic's off the internet to get a visual discription of my mc alright
     

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