Be Your Character – Literally.

RedditThey say that to write a book, you need to get into the head of your character. What better way to do that than be an online persona of your character and have people interview him/her/it.

At the IAmAFiction Sub-Reddit, you can log on as your character and interact with readers who will pose questions and help you to add flesh to your ideas.  A few of my favourite proposed characters I’ve come across are:

To be honest, I’m a complete novice with Reddit, and I don’t quite gettit (*excuse the pun* – couldn’t resist. Honestly,  you have my sincerest apologies, please don’t go…). The premise seems good. All you need to do is submit your character as an interview subject, and you can give your character a test run in the forum with avid readers. The Reddit peeps say:

If you are working on developing an invented character for creative writing, roleplay, or pure novelty, this is the place to expose your character to the world and subject them to questioning to help you flesh them out.

IAmA posts work just like a regular IAmA post, except the poster assumes the role of his/her character.

Please be a good IAmAfic citizen and comment on other people’s submissions as well as your own. Remember, they’re not real people — so no need to be shy!

my own character development

I may well make use of this in future – when I finally figure out Reddit.

My current state of affairs with Four and Twenty Blackbirds, and character development thereof, is a bit of a shambles. Embarking on my current plan of 4and20BB without a huge amount of novel- writing experience was a trifle ambitious. I have been aiming to write 3 separate and distinct storylines in a world of my own creation and weave the stories so that they all tie up nicely. The only problem was that although I have characters and a world and a few dramatic scenes inferring an over-arching storyline. The truth is, that I have been making it up as I went along. I have no story. It was all very well for a while, but I am now thoroughly lost, with a whole bunch of scenes, but no plot to speak of. Just a bunch of curious characters meadering through their strangely eventful lives.

I’ve been ill the last few days, and although it hasn’t been fun being stuck abed, it has given me ample opportunity to think and plan. The good news is – I now have a plot! The bad news is, for the moment at least, I need to cut the majority of what I’ve written. Ouch! Ah well, at least now I have a path, much better than the frustration of being completely lost and listless… into the woods I go!

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7 responses to “Be Your Character – Literally.

  1. I’m not familiar with Reddit at all. I have however, found writing games to be a good way to practice character development. I hang around on writingforums.org where there are some great resources for working on your writing. As juvenile as it sounds the best character development training I’ve had is in the RPG games there.

  2. Lol, that’s pretty cool. I don’t plot out characters or…well, plot, I just let them tell me where they want to go and what they want to do but that seems fun.

  3. There is no such thing as wasted writing and you seem to know that. I’ve been told that Reddit is the only place you need ever go on the net because it has everything. I’m glad to find that I’m not the only one who finds it a hard nut to crack. I’ll just follow you – go ahead and I’ll watch this space 😀

    • LOL. Thanks for the message… Not sure if I’ll be able to crack Reddit just yet though. I find it more than a little opaque, but we shall see!

  4. Hi, sophustanus, I’m askelon, the lead mod of IAmAFiction. I really like the graphic that you used in this post, and I was wondering if I could adopt it as the new logo of IAmAFiction? I would give you credit (with your username and a link to your blog) in the mouse-over text, a mod post, and the sidebar! Let me know what you think.

    • Hey akelon, wow, thanks. I did create it, although it’s compiled from other Reddit avatars I found online. You are welcome to use it (and the credit is very much appreciated!). I’m not sure what the clearance situation with the individual avatars is tho.

      I love the premise of IAmAFiction btw. I will probably be using it in the months and weeks to come.

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