Hello World!

Odd because this isn’t my first post at all, but I just decided to make the title “Hello World!” because I felt like it’d be appropriate. I’m not going to give any more writing tips because I feel like you should go to websites that have more experience for that, but I’m going to keep a daily journal of what I’m doing, to keep my one fan (hello there!) moderately busy. Also other things but this blog changes so often that your head is probably spinning trying to keep up, if you’re reading this.

Not much to say, and I’m kind of relieved that my mom isn’t going to be reading my blogs anytime soon, unless I decide to share them with her, which is unlikely.

~ The Littlest Penguin

How I Invent Characters

I think this will be a series, one that I might update every Sunday.

My favorite part of any story is the characters. The characters are what make the story flow, the characters make readers feel excitement or anguish, and very fitting, in my opinion, to start this series off with.

Firstly, decide if there is going to be a character change in your story. (If there is no character change, skip to the next step.) If there is going to be a character change, make sure to make it subtle. No one likes a character that goes too fast from wicked to good, but make sure not to go too slow (no one likes a character that is wicked the whole story and changes right on the last page, either.) Imagine it like a river – and take small steps toward the river’s goal, the sea.

Secondly, make the character come to life. No one likes a Mary Sue (a flat, perfect character that has no dimensions.) You have to make characters connect with the readers. Use descriptive language, vivid, vibrant words that really make the character jump off the page and into your reader’s imaginations. Do not make the character too one-dimensional either – if a character is evil, make a backstory, perhaps, one that makes the reader feel sorrow for the character.

Thirdly, use snappy dialogue. For example:

“Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon, doesn’t mean we all have.”

This character doesn’t just show anger, she uses wit and humor to show her annoyance. Make sure to not bore readers with your words, to make speeches drone on and on. Add some wit and humor to your story to make your reader smile and laugh. But you have to know when not to use humor, because your character would seem idiotic trying to enlighten the mood during a war, say, when all his friends are dead.

Fourthly, remember your audience.

When you’re writing any book, or inventing characters, you always have to remember your audience. For example, when you’re writing a children’s book, and you kill the main character, it might drastically affect the child, especially if the character had all of the three things mentioned above.

Lastly, make characters that are both memorable and believable.

All your favorite characters are remembered for something. For example:

Harry Potter – green eyes, glasses, messy hair, lightning scar

Make sure your character is distinguishable from the millions of other characters in the literary universe.

Make sure your character isn’t drop-dead ridiculous, or silly. You need to make him/her realistic to a point. After all, characters’ personalities are the most important part of a character.

We’re almost done – if you do all those things above and more, you’ll be on your way to develop great characters, from fanfictions to novels. Have fun – and remember the most important thing of all – have fun and smile!

Next Week: How to Name Your Characters

Welcome..!

Hey guys, it’s HermioneGranger112 here, with my first blog post. I basically haven’t started this blog yet, because I’ve been busy, and all of my excuses. But I might get to spend more time on it and I’m encouraged by my first follower.. which I didn’t expect because I haven’t worked on virtually anything yet 😀

This blog will be about different interests of mine, not just writing stories, though I will occasionally post some on different topics. If you read my profile on Gravatar, you’ll see I’m a fan of many different books, so I might post fanfiction here. Or you may notice I love Poptropica and Animal Jam, so I might post walkthroughs or stories about them. It all depends on what I feel like – sometimes I feel warm and cozy like eating marshmallows near a fire or I feel about writing about the cold autumn breeze or the Queen Anne’s Lace I see as I walk to school.

I’ll end this post with a quote. “If you can dream it, you can do it,” – Walt Disney.. and if this blog goes far, I’ll be indefinitely in debt to my readers and followers 🙂