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Character Creation: Fantasy Genre

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3 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Welcome to Your Course!

    • 2. Who and What is Your Character?

    • 3. Final Touches

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About This Class

Do you love writing fantasy stories but you're not sure about your characters? Does character creation have too much freedom and you feel overwhelmed? 

If so I'm here to help!

In this class I'm going to be sharing with all of you how to create characters for your fantasy stories. The Fantasy genre is a popular one both for reading and writing. (it is one of my favorites too) Within that genre there are so many different races and beings to choose from which is why it can be overwhelming and difficult for some. Step by step and class by class you'll soon learn how to create your characters with minimum effort.

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Stephanie Elizondo

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Hello, I'm Stephanie! One of my greatest passions in life is creative writing and I believe everyone can write creatively. You just need to get in the game first! When I'm not writing, I'm reading, baking, playing video games or I am learning new techniques on how to be a better writer. I find peace within my hobbies and I remember to take a little time out of everyday to ground myself because self care is important. Hope you have a great day!

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1. Welcome to Your Course!: Hello, everyone. My name is Stephanie. Nice to meet you all. I will be your guide on this wonderful creative journey. I'll be showing you how to create characters for your fantasy based story, whether there were wolves with violet eyes or an elf who has rosy cheeks and a shy personality or a witch with a degree in alchemy. I'm here to help. Making characters is a lot of fun. You can choose your appearance, personality, clothing, mannerisms, etcetera. The possibilities are endless. As an author myself, I find that character creation is one of the best parts of creating a story because it allows so much for. However, I find that for a lot of people, this can be very challenging because there is so much freedom. Ah, lot of people don't know what direction to start in. You have to ask yourself, Where does your story start? Do you know the basic plot? Do you have a general idea of a character's personality? But maybe not their appearance? Remember, you have to start somewhere, anywhere, and even if you start without your characters and you just go with the story, they will come later. Fun stuff your project. Your product is to create one character within the fantasy genre and to create a one paragraph description of them in that paragraph should be their hobbies. Interests, dislikes, favorite food. What can they be found doing on their day off? Etcetera? They can be of any race if it is a human. I do require that it has some sort of power Weatherby telekinesis. Or if it learns to do magic through spell books, I will go over the format for this in the next slide. If you want to. This is not required. But if you want Teoh, feel free to draw or use a digital art platform to visually create your character. Even if you create it in something like the Sims, feel free to take a screenshot and put it with your project. This is the format I would like you to use for creating your character, and it is pretty self explanatory. Ah, the one thing I will say is with the background story, it does not have to be extremely along. It does have to be at least 3 to 4 sentences at minimum, but if you could go longer, that's absolutely fantastic. the last little slide. I want to leave you with arson. Resource is and I put some fantasy races here just in case If you had trouble thinking about what you were going to create and who you were going to create, I have also left two different digital, um, creation websites that have a lot of avatar creators. I personally use thes for lots of character creation with my books, So feel free to use those. I hope to see you guys next week. Thank you so much. 2. Who and What is Your Character?: Hello, everybody, and welcome back for this class. We're going to be addressing lesson to who and what is your character you want to address is is your character a flat, a dynamic, a stock or a foil? And these air all characters that you will make income across in your story and in stories that you read, for example, the protagonist is the hero of the story. The antagonised is the enemy. Flat characters don't really go through a lot of development. They tend to stay the same. A dynamic character is somebody who goes through a lot of development and tends to change a lot. Stock characters are background characters, and a foil character is a evil, nasty role playing character, and you can also have a mix of all of these as well. So it is important to ask yourself and define your character within these definitions. On with this, it's really likely that your character is going to be the protagonist of the story, which, if that's the case, then all eyes are on them. This means the character will likely go through various stages of development and hardships or journeys that you, the author, will put them through. But what if you don't want to start with the main guy or girl in your story? That's entirely okay. If you want to start with some outside characters first, then you should go right ahead and do so. In fact, starting somewhere else sometimes helps out. What you're currently writing about is just who exactly is your character? This is often the most difficult question. Who is your character and why? And I want you to remember that who goes much further than just their appearance. Do they have certain mannerisms that they do when they're nervous? Do they have a routine that they love sticking to or they all over the place? It is your job as the author to decide just who is your character Andy. Feel free to take inspiration from yourself from friends from family, any inspiration that you can take from anywhere to make your character into the dream idol that you want them to be. Go right ahead. What is your character? And this pertained specifically to be fantasy genre because there are so many different races and classes to choose from, especially for going into a sub genre, so for example, is your character. A male of female Are the trans or the ambiguous. You can even choose their sexuality if you so desire Are the A vampire or the FAA or the A mermaid are the hybrid of the breeds and choosing these options. Remember that it is okay for things to change. Often I find myself changing the characters here style or hear color part way through the story, and how do you envision them? You shouldn't be shy about this. And don't think you have to be normal. In the wonderful quote with Morticia Adams, what is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly. Last thing I want to leave you guys with are some examples of characters that I am created digitally, and I like to do this personally just so I can get a better idea of what my character looks like. And it allows me to envision scenes better. It allows me to envision their dialogue better, and I understand that this is completely up to you. You don't have to digitally create your character, but from left to right here we have Israeli A. She is one of my vampires In my novel, we do have the middle character named Koraj. She is a D and D character and the final character is one I made for my friend. This character is not mine, but it is. The character knocks in my friends novel. Alright guys, I hope you enjoyed lesson to and I cannot wait to see the progress on your project, but by 3. Final Touches: Hello, everyone, and welcome to Lessen three, the final installment of creating your character for the fantasy genre Step one, The Name game, sort of the wonderful name game. This also tends to be one of the most difficult choices once again, because often we want our characters to stand out. We want them to be bold. We don't want them to have some basic name, and I find that in many writers they feel like they can't use the name they've already heard of because they're in fear that they're stealing it from that author. Although it's good to be aware of plagiarism, be mindful that names are names, and if you want to do more research into what name belongs to what character or if an author actually has the rights to that name, feel free to do so. What I find to be the most helpful or to look up name generators, both fantasy Victorian and even baby named generators. Any name generator that you confined that will spark inspiration for your character will be of a great help. Step to making me over hair makeup, body type and close galore. Green eyes purple short, tall, lanky chubby, curvy masculine clothing, heaven and clothing. Perfect, pouty, read lips or barefaced. Your character can always change. Remember that, and it's OK if they do not come out exactly like you want them to when your first creating them character development both in appearance and at heart, is always a great thing. Step three beliefs now, although it can be a touchy subject when it comes to religion in many different novels, what does your character believe in? And this goes beyond just religion. What kind of morals do they have? Do they have a sense of responsibility, or are they all over the place? Or and our last step? Final touches? Final touches are anything that you have not already touched on in creating your character . I want you all the keep in mind that you do not have to go into extensive detail when first creating them. An important step in creating characters is character development, both in your story and just within the time you spend with them. If you want to take more time on a different character, or if you want to take time to focus on your story, do so different strokes for different folks. Every author is different. Many of my characters have gone through phases of appearances, beliefs in various drafts before they reach their final form. And even in their final form, they are still evolving. As my story goes on, congratulations. You have made it through the course. I want to thank everyone for tuning in, and I cannot wait to see your projects in what you all create, happy writing everybody until next time.