so like I typed this up real quick because wHOA we have a lot of new peeps on the forum
uh,,, sorry if this,,, comes off as condescending or rude?? Like if you don't want some advice, don't take it
There’s two kinds of PoVs you can use in an RP when PoVing a character — third person limited and first person. First person makes use of "I," "we," "my", etc. Third person limited uses "she/her/their/them", and only states the emotions of the character from which the PoV is coming from.
Don't control characters that don't belong to you in your PoVs — it counts as OP.
Try to use descriptive adjectives in your PoVs; don't just say "Mary watched the sun rise". Say "Mary watched the sun rise over the gray peaks as she stood perfectly still."
Also!! Tenses are very important!! Most of the time you see past tense used, but present tense is okay.
Making a Character
When making a character, think of the following things.
1. Is what my character wears far fancier than what the canon characters wear? If so, do they have a reason?
2. Do they fit in with canon?
3. If their backstory is based off of headcanons by me, is it a good backstory?
4. Does my character have flaws that fit in with the personality? Is the personality contradictory? (Ex.: saying someone is brave but then turning around and claiming they're selfish just to be able to slide in a flaw or two)
5. Is their personality balanced?
6. Do I think this is a good OC?
A list of some traits which go together—
Selfless - Doesn't care too much about self, has low self-esteem
Sharp-tongued/sarcastic/tough - Insecure, cares about keeping an image
Kind - Oblivious, sheltered, gullible, innocent
Passionate - Very stubborn, believes they're right
Curious - Gets into trouble a lot
Brave - reckless, doesn't think ahead
(Very) organized - perfectionist, cares a lot about how they come off to others
If you noticed, the positive traits come first and then the negative traits come second. This is to keep a balanced personality, which is very important for avoiding making a Mary Sue or OP character.
Another important thing: don't romanticize mental illness (ex.: depression, personality disorders, anxiety, schizophrenia)!! Little to none of these can affect your character in a positive way, so please don't make it seem like they do. Mental illness is a bad thing and while the people who have them are not bad and oftentimes very nice people, making it seem like you don't need help for certain mental illnesses is never okay.
Next, appearance. You cannot say someone is "pretty". (Ex.: “Christine is blonde and has brown eyes and is pretty.) Everyone has different definitions of pretty or beautiful, so you can't really claim that they're beautiful to everyone. In addition, beauty is oftentimes not natural. Like,,, does your OC have any scars or scabs on their face they like to hide? Insecurities about their appearance? If you make a pretty character, having them have insecurities about their appearance is great for character development as your RP/story goes on.
Also,,, no unrealistic hair or skin colors (ex.: pink skin and natural seafoam green hair) unless your character is in an RP centered around some form of anime or the rules of the universe allow this.
If you want to make your character seem a bit more vivid or real, try giving them some quirks — are they allergic to anything? Do they like to stand on one leg? Do they sometimes read magazines upside down? There's nearly endless possibilities.
If they have a certain set of abilities, try to balance them out; if they can manipulate fire, does it cost them a lot of stamina or energy? Do they require a hefty amount of focus to do so?
Creating an RP
Okay, you’re like,,, a section away from the end. Good job!! :D
When creating an RP, try to be creative with the plot — don't make it some form of standard RP you see everyone make. Try something new. Creating your own concepts is an arduous task but very fun! There's tons of generators for creating RP plots online you can find that are very helpful!
One of the things I do when I'm trying to create a new RP is to look at some words in a dictionary, find a random word, and think of something centered around that word. Looking at colors, taking a walk, or just getting inspiration from the little things around you is very helpful.
Shipping your character
Okay, lots of people like shipping.
Now, there's infatuation and love.
Infatuation is when you feel a chill run up your spine whenever so-and-so comes into the room. You want to touch so-and-so, you want to kiss so-and-som and you dream about them frequently. You feel all nervous and shaky whenever so-and-so comes near you and you blush randomly. You think their eyes or eyebrows or whatever is cute, and you want them to feel the same way.
Love is after the infatuation fades. Love is looking past the skin and into this person's soul. You might not always agree with this person, but you love them and they love you the same. You'd do a lot of things you normally wouldn't do for them, even if the kiss that makes bolts of excitement course through your body is not given or they don't call you a sweet nickname after coming home from work. You don't care if this person is ugly or beautiful or what. You love them anyways.
There is a fine but thin line between infatuation and love — infatuation only lasts around one to three months and love lasts a very long time. Infatuation can become love, but love cannot become infatuation. If your characters seem to be more infatuated with each other than in love, try to change this as much as you possibly can.
Opposites attract is always a good thing!! Rarepairs (aka the name for couples who follow the opposites attract rule) are known to be able to fall in love really quickly because they see things in the other person that they don't see in themself — you don't need to follow the opposites attract rule, though.
Try to keep the chemistry between the two characters healthy. If one of them is abusive mentally, physically, or emotionally, the other person should not be praising them for it. In other words, if the relationship is one of them smacks it's time for the ship to hit the racks.
Thank you so much for reading this!! I might update this a bit later with some more info as time goes on, so,,, stay tuned, I guess??
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