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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
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    ~Isaiah 30:8.

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    We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.
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Character Driven Part 3: Playing with Your Charries

Charries – noun

Nickname for “characters”.  Used for multiple imaginary beings.

Okay, now that’s out of the way…

Playing with your charries is my favorite way of development.  One thing I really love about it is you can discover how your character would react in different situations.  Some of them may never be in their stories, but it’s still good to learn how those people and/or places and questions would affect them.

Here’s how to get started.

  1. If you are a part of a writer’s forum, you already know. 😉
  2. Chat!  If you have a way to online chat with friends bring your characters into the mix.  Ask the friend you’re chatting with to “interview” the character.  Or, if the friend is a writer, have him/her bring their own characters in.
  3. Role playing!  What is character role playing?  Simple; come up with a place, time and scenario.  Then, stick your characters in it.  For example: 

   The first character role play I was involved in was a thread on a forum.  Any kind of character was aloud, Fantasy, Historical Fiction etc.  It took place in a tavern.  Characters could come in and mingle with other characters or do whatever it is they would do in a tavern.  It was a ton of fun.  I stuck Tyra in there and I learned a lot about how she responds to people.  The tavern ended up being burned down by another person’s charrie… but that’s another story.

I also made a thread for Historical Fiction characters.  It took place on market day in a medieval castle courtyard. Here is a look at that thread…

 The castle gate is packed with people coming and going for market day.  You push your way through the throngs of people to get to the iner square.  What is your purpose here?  Are you a buyer?  Seller?  Visitor to this town?

Rules
1. No “god-modding”
This means no taking control of someone else’s character.
2. No magic or fantasy.  This is strictly Medieval.
3. Keep posts to 3 lines minimum and in third person
4. NO KILLING OTHER PEOPLE’S CHARACTERS
Without prior written permission, anyway…
5. All off topic talk should be avoided
If you must say something, either PM the person or surround your statement in ((double parentheses))
6. It can be any character of yours as long as it’s a Medieval one.

(My character. Yes, this is Stephen form SoS.)

Stephen forced his shoulder between two people in front of him.  He hated it when it was this crowded.  He pushed through and continued until he stood inside the town’s gate.  Out from the throng he looked about the market…..

(A friend’s characters)

Where was she??  T__ sighed and brushed a piece of hair into her head scarf.  They were supposed to be doing a performance together.  But K__ always seemed to be in some sort of trouble that made her late…  Sighing again, she held her skirt up and tried to avoid being trampled.

“Stop that girl!!” the soldier shouted.K__ growled and ducked a pair of hands.  If she was caught… She’d be hung by nightfall.
But she wouldn’t get caught.  She had grown used to this game.  Bounty hunters, soldiers, sherriffs, they all wanted to catch her because of the great price on her head.  She ran for the gates.

(My character)
Stephen yawned and adjusted his sword belt.  The hum of voices played annoyingly in his ears.  He crossed he square to a stall selling breads.  “That one”, he said to the merchant as he pointed to a small cheese stuffed loaf…..
A yell made Stephen turn.  Several solders were chasing someone through the gate.  He thought about helping, but decided he’d rather fill his stomach.  He paid the merchant and left the stall.  Looking down at his bread he broke off a piece then…bumped into a gypsy girl.

(Other)
“STOP HER!”
T__ jumped, then pressed a hand to her face.  That was K__ all right.  She scowled and started in the direction of the shout, when someone bumped into her.  “Excuse me,” she mumbled, allowing a slight curtsey.  “You haven’t seen a girl in a brown tunic have you?  Brown hair?  Brown eyes?

(Mine)
Stephen looked down at the girl, “I could name a hundred girls to fit that description.  Which one do you seek?”  He stuffed the piece of bread in his mouth and waited for her to answer.

Get the idea?

4.   Next is, have a conversation with them on paper.  I like to do this when I’m just sitting somewhere, (with no book to read) waiting for something or someone.  You could do this at the dentist office, or the doctor’s, in the car, on an air plane, anywhere you’re going to have a big chunk of time to kill.  Think of some topic you and your character could discuss.  If you can’t think of anything, look around you.  Is there something wearing something interesting?  What would your character thing about it?

Once, when I was sitting around waiting, I picked up a pen and paper and had a little chat with Tyra.  I had forgotten to bring a book and the wait was taking longer than I thought it would.  So, as is prone to happen in such instances, a character popped into my head for a chat.  I’ll just say the conversation that followed was quite amusing. 🙂

5.   Lastly, interview them.  Here are some questions you could ask…

  • If your house was burning down and you had sixty seconds to get out, what would you take? 
  • Why would you take it?
  • What do you want more than anything?
  • Why is this so important to you?
  • What are fifteen things that you hate?
  • What are fifteen things that you love?

Get the idea?  It’s pretty simple.  Once you get the hang of it you can make up your own questions.

Wow, this post is really long.  Hope you enjoyed it and that it will help you with future character development.  Thanks for reading.  Questions?

God bless,
~Laura

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  1. Daniel

     /  August 9, 2010

    I must say, I love how you open with a definition of that noun. XD

    A very good post. That’s probably one of the best examples of RPing I’ve seen. Very good explanation and presentation!

    Ahh.. charrie interviews.. those are SO much fun!!!

    Reply
    • storygirl308

       /  August 9, 2010

      Thanks a million! 😀

      Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

      Reply
      • storygirl308

         /  August 9, 2010

        You are awesome for commenting BTW. 😉

  2. Daniel

     /  August 9, 2010

    Would it be extremely prideful of me to say “I know”? 😛 haha

    Reply
  3. Nairam

     /  August 12, 2010

    I remember those RP. Do you remember why the tavern burned down? I don’t. O.o Was it Robin’s fault?

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    • storygirl308

       /  August 12, 2010

      It wasn’t Robin’s fault, it was someone elses charrie, though I don’t remember who’s. (I just remember not being very happy with that person because it wasn’t their thread/tavern to burn down…)

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      • Nairam

         /  August 12, 2010

        I thought it was fun. 😛

        In Robin’s current lounge, he’s got a dagger in his thigh. O.O

  4. storygirl308

     /  August 13, 2010

    Yeah, it was. 🙂

    Oh my…

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