General Characterization


(Looking for articles on writing certain types of characters? Check out Specific Character Types!)


What Is A Mary Sue?
What constitutes a Mary Sue 'round these parts.

Mary Sue Subtypes
Detailed descriptions of various subtypes of Mary Sues.

Before You Go Declaring Other Peoples' Characters Mary Sues...
Because people are often way too happy and quick to point fingers at other peoples' characters.

Writing Character Profiles & Bios - Tips & Advice
How to write informative and useful bios for your characters.

Basic Tips For Writing Better Ensemble Casts
Whether they be a team of superheroes or a band of wandering vagabonds!

Plotting, Conniving, & Manipulating - What It Isn't, And What It Is
Tips to help you write more believable plotters and manipulators.

Exercises To Improve Your Character Writing & Roleplaying Skills
Write and play better characters.

A Few Things Writers Need To Know About Sexuality & Gender Expression
Particularly with regard to writing gender and sexual minorities.

Of Character Voices & Slang
The whats and whys of character voice and slang, and why you should take it into account when writing a character.

Changing Alignments, Allegiances, & Loyalties More Believably
Want to make a villain good, or a hero evil? Or just want to write about a change of loyalty in general? Here are tips to write it more naturally and believably.

Describing Your Character: Tips & Advice
Tips to write better descriptions for your characters.

Why "Purity" Is An Overrated Character Trait
A critical look at why "purity" does not necessarily make one a good or worthy person.

Protagonist-Centered Morality: What It Is, And How You Can Avoid It
Protagonist-centered morality can easily make your "heroes" look like villains and monsters to your audience, so make sure you learn how to minimize it in your works!

Simple Tips To Put Yourself In The Shoes Of Characters Who Aren't You
This is something every writer and roleplayer must learn to do if they want to be able to write characters who aren't them (or based on them) and have them come across believably.

Grail Character Syndrome: How To Be The Center Of Attention And Yet Be A Total Bore
This is a problem that plagues many a character. Do any of yours have it?

Alexis Feynman's Guide To Writing Proactive Characters - NEW! What exactly does it mean to be a proactive character? Find out right here, right now!

Dropping In Characterization Without Dragging The Story
How to drop in little tidbits that tell us about your characters without bringing the plot to a halt.

Simple Ways To Fill Out & Humanize Your Character
Both in terms of your character's history and personality, and in terms of how the character acts in the story.

Tips To Keep Your Characters In Perspective & Make The Right Impressions With Them
If you want your characters to come off as you intended, you need to make sure you keep them in perspective and cultivate the right impressions about them. Here are some tips how.



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