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    Mains & Music & history

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by svartalfheim, Oct 29, 2012.

    So does anyone else find certain types of music just suite their MC's. Or do you listen to a song and just forge someone from that song? Say if your listening to a more aggressive song you create a villian or a disjointed hero? Also do you find it helps you to create your characters. I personally would be lost if I could not give my characters a "song" that in serious cases of block you listen to a song over a few times and then your lovely just jumps out and comes to life for you? Or is this just me?

    Also does anyone else write up a short story of history for their characters? Like I make character sheets just so I can refer to them if say I take a break or go travelling (which I do a lot) and I need to refresh my mind I'll refer to these sheets. I also make little histories for them, to breathe life into them. If you do whats your set of questions you ask yourself about your characters prior to giving them flesh?
     
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    This sort of reminds me of an old Bill Cosby routine, in which he talked about (as a child) always "having his music with him". The only time I got into anything like this was when I was working on a novel about a group of middle aged musicians who form a band to help out an old band-mate. Each had his/her own favorites that the band worked into their playlist.

    Yes, I sometimes do this, but I don't have a list of questions I ask myself. I just make notes about their most striking characteristics, flaws or problems.
     
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    My MC just likes AC/DC and it's stuck with her since it became the first inkling of art and beauty she experienced. Other then that, music really doesn't come into play much with my characters.
     
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    When I hear certain songs - ones that hit me in just the right way - I can instantly create vivid scenes in my head.
     
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    Interesting, see music is a large part of my character building, for me everyone has a song to which they love, and so I feel its the same with my characters, one song/genre is just perfect for them. I generally think I would be lost if they didn't have a song attached to them.

    ed - See I make like a full report on them, albeit it will be notes because I find detailing them to much constricts me, but enough to get the grounding for them, I even have ones for characters that are deceased so that I can give their parts, if i decide to give them any at all, a bit of depth. Maybe I just look to far into it though I do have a habit for doing that.
     
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    I tend to look for songs for them a little too hard. To the point where I become completely convinced that a particular song was practicaly written for my character. Having a soundtrack helps a lot. Whenever I hear a particular song, it's associated character immedietly invades my brain. But the character always comes first.

    I try to keep the backstories straight, but I rarely write them down, actually. And when they are written down early in the game, they get quickly archived, changed and forgotten. It's a lot of fun to go back to my old sketchbooks and look at the descriptions I had for these guys 3-5 years ago. Completely different, and preposterously underdeveloped. (In my first sketch of John Goodwin, he's wearing a hat. Pfsh. As if any hat could contain his rediculous hair.)
     

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