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Journal Entry: Wed Feb 6, 2013, 9:50 AM
Welcome to OfOneSoul's first issue of...

How To Be
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... and for the Hell of it, the fictional fiction writer himself,
Richard Castle, will be hosting this article's .gifs.

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o·rig·i·nal [uh-rij-uh-nl]
adjective
:bulletblack: belonging or pertaining to the origin or beginning of something.
:bulletblack: new; fresh; inventive; novel.
:bulletblack: arising or proceeding independently of anything else.
:bulletblack: capable of thinking or acting in an independent, creative, or individual manner.
:bulletblack: created, undertaken, or presented for the first time.





Issue #1




We're gonna be honest here, you guys. As touchy as the subject may be - it needs to be brought up, and [even more], it needs to be discussed. What am I talking about, you may ask? :eyes:


The myth about being ORIGINAL.
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Yes - it is a myth; a myth created to either heighten your personal standards of writing, or drive you mad and hinder you from ever wanting to create again. Or, as in my case - come across several stories with round-about the same base plot or universe as mine - and leave me saying...




... yeah, nothing. :grump:


After the honesty - it's time to get relatable.

It's soul-crushing, right? That moment when you realize that an idea or storyline that you've been feeding and nurturing for hours, days, weeks, even years has a slightly alike duplicate somewhere in in the universe that steals your proud admission of originality. :saddummy:

Out of no where, you're overcome with all of these negative thoughts about your work that previously you didn't second guess for a moment. You start thinking:


"OMG - their character is exactly like mine! Now I can't use him." :cries:

Damn it! That storyline is almost like mine! I have to start all over. :facepalm:


... or my personal :+fav: -


"That's basically what my book is about. GOD. I'm so not original." :stupidme:


... but it's just not true.





Just because your character has the same back story as someone else's - or your race has the same origin as another's does not mean that you can't be original. But do not worry - despite what cynics & jealous tarts might tell you...


- originality is not dead.
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Consider this - J.R.R. Tolkien. Please don't kill me. :iconteheplz:

For goodness sake - do you really think the man created elves? Do you think that he created dwarves and dragons and their mutual lust for gold? READ BEOWULF, WHY DON'T YA? :spank:

No... even the masters of literature themselves are not completely original. But if anyone asked you how original was Lord of the Rings would you not say -


"Original!? It's a work of pure genius!"





So - the next time you find yourself perusing your vampire novel and you find that it sounds tragically reminiscent of Twilight... don't worry -

- there's plenty of ways to be more original than that. :iconohyeahplz:




Just in case Castle's pep talk wasn't enough to get you out of your funk, consider this:


When working on or beginning a new story - ask yourself a series of questions. Delve just a little deeper into your characters, the plot, even the places your journey will take you. Through a brief quiz and a little brainstorming - a cliché storyline can be the next bestseller that raves ORIGINALITY. Some of the following questions were taken from questionnaires here and here.


Ask yourself this…



1. Who is the main character?

:bulletblack: What kind of distinguishing facial features does your character have?

:bulletblack: Does your character have a birthmark? Where is it? What about scars? How did he or she get them?

Questioning the appearance of your main character is always a great start to be original. For example, what makes protagonists memorable & distinguisable from others? Consider Harry Potter. The boy has messy black hair, large, black-rimmed glasses, and a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead. Simple yet entirely memorable.


2. Who or what is the antagonist?
(The person, group, or situation causing trouble for the main character.)


:bulletblack: What is your character’s biggest fear? Who have they told this to? Who would they never tell this to? Why?

When you question your main characters fears & secrets an antagonist begins to form. However original you character's life, the more original the characters and situations around them become.


3. Who are the other people in the story?

:bulletblack:  Who are your character’s friends and family? Who do they surround themselves with? Who are the people your character is closest to? Who do they wish they were closest to?

:bulletblack: Where was your character born? Where have they lived since then? Where do they call home?

:bulletblack: When has your character been in love? Had a broken heart?

It is important to consider the characters that surround your main protagonist. The more questions you ask about them, the more original they become. Once again, consider Harry Potter. On the one hand, you have a very brave, intelligent young woman who is good in school and is the voice of reason. On the other you have a character who hardly has a voice at all. He usually never succeeds in anything, and is normally a coward.


4. What does the main character want?
(What’s his or her problem, goal, greatest need.)

:bulletblack: Why is this important? (It should be vital.)


5. How does the antagonist prevent the main character from reaching his/her goal?

:bulletblack: What does the main character do about this?


6. What are the results?
(Things should get worse, the problem more difficult.)


:bulletblack: What crisis finally results?


7. What is the climax?
(Moment of decision.)


8. What is the resolution? Is the goal accomplished, or abandoned in favor of something else, or lost?

9. What is the theme?

This will possibly be the make-it or break-it question. It determines your passion for the piece as well as the audience you will attract. Consider finding inspiration in the things you love - art, architecture, movies, books, history, etc.





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Every month at the end of this article there shall be a mini-contest you may participate in. Every month it may be something completely different, but anyone and everyone can participate in the hopes of winning.


January 2013's Prize

100 :points:

to two random winners - OfOneSoul

How To Enter


Answer one, or all, or any number of the questions above in a comment on this journal. Work on your story in the comments of this article, and you will be randomly entered into a drawing that will be announced upon the publication of next month's article, Monday, February 25th, 2013.





I'm looking for your suggestions!


Feel free to post some ideas for the next articles theme. Do you have a question about character development? Would you like an interview with one of your favorite writers? Would you like me to dissect one of your pieces and use your work as an example of what and what-not-to-do?


Feel free to :note: OfOneSoul with your article suggestions or comment here in this journal...

- and feel free to ask me questions! After all...



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Once a month I will be publishing an editorial journal entitled, How to be Original in collaboration with #Love-Literature. Although this mostly concerns literature, much of what I have to say can be applied to all forms of art. At the end of every article will be a mini-contest where deviants may interact with the piece & possibly win prizes.

Learn something from this. :stare:
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Ningeko16 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love reading this always XDXD
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Kairuko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well said ;; w ;;
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meryvamp Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Wow, thanks for this journal. I really loved it and was laughing throughout. This sounds like fun, so I had to join in :D

The name of my book is Daughter of the Sun. It is sci-fi, post-apocalyptic and geared for young adults. I have chapters and a picture of my main character up on my site: [link]

1) Who is the main character?
Eliana. No last name. She has fiery, frizzy hair that falls down to her shoulders. She has silvery-blue eyes. They often change color, so something close to this mixture. She is around 5 ’9, 130 lbs with a pale complexion.

She doesn’t have any birthmarks. She has been injured multiple times while out on the hunt. She does have a scar on her left forearm from when a giant beast bit her. Later, she tumbles down a mountainside and fractures a bone in her shoulder. She also sustains multiple bruised ribs and is bitten again by one of those animals. It takes a chuck of flesh out of her right leg. (Ah, the things I do to my characters :devilish:)

2) Who is the antagonist?
The antagonist is named Mavrok. He has black curly hair and black eyes. His eyes often swirl and smoky tendrils leak out; one of his many powers. His black eyes are framed by strange markings that appear to darken the closer they get to his eyes. He’s around 6’5, 210lbs. He’s just evil. He wants to rule the human race and he doesn’t care how he achieves it. He’ll use murder, manipulation, aggression, and oh, yes, seduction to get what he wants. He is my avatar, btw.

What is the main character's biggest fear?
For the longest time (since her childhood), Eliana has been afraid of the dark. She fears it because of the night terrors she had as a child. At the time, she didn’t truly understand what was happening to her or why, but later, she realized Mavrok was the cause of this. As the story progresses, her fears change. She fears she’ll fail when it comes to her own destiny. The people she meets in a village help her. She never wanted to let Mavrok know, but well, they do share a unique bond and it is hard for her to keep things from him.

3) Who are the other characters?
In the beginning, she has seven other girls she’s practically grown up with and considers to be like sisters to her. Her best friend is named Amisa. She wants nothing more than to free them from their captors, the Sinners. Later, she meets the others in a valley. These people become essential to fulfilling her destiny.
Where did she grow up?
Eliana has grown up in an underground sanctuary, living and being enslaved by the Sinners. Later, she comes across a village and is forced to stay there because of her injuries. At this point, she becomes confused as to where she really wants to be. She still wants to save her sisters, but she grows to love and care for the people in the village as well.
Has she ever been in love?
Awe, poor Eliana has never been in love. In the sanctuary, the sexes are separated and only brought together for one purpose: breeding. She has never really had a real conversation with a male until she meets Tero.

4) What does Eliana want?
Again, her goal changes over time. At first, she only wants to set her sisters free. But once she meets all the people in the village and discovers her destiny, her goals become a bit blurred. Why is this important? Well, it helps the readers realize Eliana isn’t the perfect heroine after all.

5) How does the antagonist stop her from achieving her goals?
Haha, Mavrok does lots and lots of things to confuse poor Eliana. They share a bond after all.

6) What are the results?
We learn about Mavrok’s past, what happened to the Earth, and how all the other characters fit into Eliana’s destiny. All of this slowly builds towards the climax. It builds towards one question: Can Eliana defeat Mavrok?

7) What is the climax?
The confrontation with Mavrok.

8) What is the resolution?
My lips are sealed.

9) What is the theme?
At first I thought my theme was good versus evil, but it's just not as simple as that. I'm pretty sure it is that people are flawed; no one is perfect.

Copyright 2009-2013 Mandy Earles

Oh, and as for your next feature: Well, for me, I'm getting ready to send my novel to agents. I'm worried about writing a query letter and have no idea how to do so. I'm not sure if this is something you are familiar with, but thought I'd throw it out there.

Other suggestions:
:bulletgreen: Common mistakes when writing your first chapter
:bulletgreen: Mixing of genres: Good or bad?
:bulletgreen: Taking Criticism: How to handle it, when is it helpful (constructive) and when is it not. How to respond to negative criticism, (i.e., realizing not everyone will like your story).

Hope this helps :D Thanks again for such a fun feature! :heart:
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Ningeko16 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ahahahh awesome! and 10000% true ~
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arurue Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Basically, not all of artists are as original as they claimed it to be. They immersed the art they like, and somehow it had made their style is their 'original'.
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Typhloser Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This sounds real fun to enter~

1. Who is the main character?
Her name is Crystal, and have yet to give her a last name.

What kind of distinguishing facial features does your character have?
Crystal's bangs cover the right side of the face. Her hair is blonde, and goes down to her butt. It's straight. Her right eye is blind (caused from scarlet fever), and she retains depth perception. Because her right eye is useless, she let her bangs grow to cover it. Her left eye is blue.

Does your character have a birthmark? Where is it? What about scars? How did he or she get them?
None, as she's a pretty careful girl.

2. Who or what is the antagonist?
(The person, group, or situation causing trouble for the main character.)
Nsanitee, a large entity that has the ability to conjure creatures, objects, and whatever comes across his imagination. His lackey, Minyon, is just as big an antagonist, and has manipulative abilities and can create illusions.

What is your character’s biggest fear? Who have they told this to? Who would they never tell this to? Why?
Crystal's biggest fear is not being able to live up to the expectations people have for her, including defeating the antagonist. She hasn't told anyone about it, and doesn't want to tell her friends as she feels that they might doubt her potential as a hero.

3. Who are the other people in the story?
Her travelling companions are the Celemera, Frisk (who is that 'cute annoying thing' character), and the Machina, Shadow (a tech-savvy reptile with electrical abilities). Other characters would include my story's three main races and their respective leaders, as well as their deities.

Who are your character’s friends and family? Who do they surround themselves with? Who are the people your character is closest to? Who do they wish they were closest to?
Crystal's family doesn't appear in the story- she is separated from her home completely. Instead, Crystal's temporary family consists of her travelling companions. The three become very close to each other.

9. What is the theme?
The theme is unity, and tying up loose ends, as well as forgiving past mistakes.
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Ningeko16 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ahaahahaha it's cool but funny cause my oc's name is crstal too.........the journal just proves the theory
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Typhloser Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If their name's the only similarity...
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Ningeko16 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yup you don't have to worry about anything! i read the rest of your comment and our stories are completely different (as far as i know) so you didn't steal my character and i didn't steal yours! (also yours has blond hair covering the right eye due to an illness while mine has silver hair which covers the left side due to the lose of her eye in battle so it's not entrely the same either tee hee :iconinuclapplz:)
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sCissoRsmei Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahhhh thanks..i have stopped creating stories..or more like hesitated to create another story because I always end up knowing that my story/plot/characters are alike with the someone else's..
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kaisaki1342 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Riku . Features : Hazel eyes (greenish brown with gold speckle), Rimless and thin rimmed Eyeglasses, A slight scowl look and a devious smile. Black, Medium bob , Messy Hair (for a girl).
2. The fear of feeling alone. She will never tell that to her father though.
3. A tall athletic hardworking girl, and an Air in the head aspiring writer. Story revolves around their interactions and a hyperactive half-sister.
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Eearii Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
I've recently been freaking out because a lot of my characters hit on, at least to me, cliches. But at the same time I had no idea how to fix them since that's just how they developed.
I'm not really a writer when it comes to books and such, but I have role play characters than I can easily link to most of these questions and the journal overall. With that in mind, I'd still like to answer a few of the questions for one my main characters, Melody.

1. Large, bright green eyes and constant dark circles underneath them. Dyed blue bangs.
2. Death, mostly of others, but also of herself. Has she told anyone? No, not directly, but her best friend picks up on it really easily.
3. Honestly, Melody is a very defensive and isolated person, so her only real friend is from childhood, though she does have two others who fit, in a loose definition, as "friends." She doesn't keep in contact with her father.
4. This one made me really stop, but I think the answer is simply that she doesn't know. She's in her early twenties, so it makes sense.

The rest kind of depend on who I'm role playing with. Interesting exercise, though.
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FreakieGeekie Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Bael, the High Prince of Hell(prounounced, as he would say, "It's baYEL, not bile. I am not vomit!)
Bael's most distinguishing facial features are his yellow-green cat eyes, full lips, and the scar that runs across it. He has a birthmark of sorts on his left bicep: it's his demonic sigil and he's had it since the day he was created.
His most prominent scars are those on the upper part of his left ear and the one that starts at his left temple, goes across his face at an angle, and ends on his right jaw. He received those scars when another demon attacked him with a holy sword in an attempt to usurp his throne.

I'm still working on the other characters and the rest of the story. Actually, I'm still working on him too.
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:iconclappingplz: Great article. I mostly stayed for the Fillon gifs, not gonna lie. :lol:
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abi-m Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Great article, it really cheers up almost anyone here :thumbsup: '_^ . I must said me and a friend have talked about this situation because all of us have been in it, but we tried to take it on the bright said with 'great minds think alike' and seeing it as a way to analyze and work more on your plot and characters and helps giving you different points of view and possibilities about it.

Now I might try a chance for the mini-contest, which was a nice surprise besides reading this helpful article! I chose a few questions as it is a very short story planned for a small graphic novel (Being wanting to do comics even before I joined DA and never started, I just feel my artwork is still mediocre, so this will take some time ._.' )

1. Who is the main character? Alicia

What kind of distinguishing facial features does your character have? Big steel light-blue eyes


4. What does the main character want? Recognition as an important botanical scientist through several achievements.
What’s his or her problem: Maybe excessive curiosity. Goal: Discover what is the mistery behind a plant she found laying on the street. Greatest need: To have knowledge about plants, she loves everything about them, hence her profession.

Why is this important? Because after finding this plant and taking it with her, a series of strange events happen while studing the plant, that is in what the story revolves and that leads to the climax.

Well, and that is all for now, thanks for doing such a great article :wave:
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Shikuroshi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I like this and it made me feel a lot better about my own story. c:

1. Who is the main character?

My main character is Rannik, he has high arched eyebrows and slanted catlike eyes, in the course of the story he is attacked by a Were-Tiger that was under the control of the antagonist, (talking about this made me realize he would NEED a scar from this encounter, lol) So I decided he has a nasty scar on his neck where the tiger first struck him inflicting the curse. He would have died from the encounter if his friend was not there to save him.
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miontre Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is amazing! :D I feel really inspired by this :heart: :P

It's written in an engaging way, and it's easy to understand. :highfive:

You should consider contributing to #projecteducate! :nod:
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schriftsteller Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Writer
I'm not sure if you've heard this already but perhaps you might do something similar to this article except with poetry? I think a lot of poets have issues with thinking they're unoriginal because a certain metaphor has been used before, an image, etc. I would like to see your take on that issue (and more Castle .gifs...but that isn't as important).
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nupao Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I liked this journal! It motivated me a little more... hahaha and got me wondering about the questionnaires...
Anyway I've had this problem before with my own brother who keeps bugging with me copying a movie... but I keep telling that
1. I'm not stealing anything
2. Thousands of plots have already been used and can be reused and make a new story, I mean, what is the big difference between Avatar and Pocahontas really?

So, I'm "participating" here:
1. Who is the main character?
:bulletred::iconnupao:Tey Miller [link] he is now the evil one. He likes orange :P

:bulletblack:What kind of distinguishing facial features does your character have?
His eyes are gray with an orange pupil, and he has tattoos around them.
:bulletblack:Does your character have a birthmark? Where is it? What about scars? How did he or she get them?
Those tatoos have an special story
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vera-san Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Judging people based on the actions of a few isn't a wise decision D; How have 'original' people been bad? I've never experienced such treatment myself.

cute icon, btw.
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Espliego Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i love this journal, I've been seeing a lot of artists complaining on others art saying
"hey this is exactly like so-and-so" or "this looks a lot like my art" and blah blah blah.... clearly that person didn't/or didn't mean to copy considering the artists never met or knew about the accusers and it makes me mad when people do the opposite, people using "inspiration" as an excuse to copy other peoples work... i don't know some people like that make me mad :P
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ssceles Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right now I feel inspired by a culture that isn't native to me. And because of that, I feel slightly bad. But because I'm from the United States, I hardly feel like we even have a culture of our own. It's hard to embrace anything and not get a dirty look from someone when you're such a mutt of different cultures. It's already bad enough I draw in an anime style, I really don't want to be considered "weeaboo"-like for being too influenced by any culture, not just Japanese culture.

It's like I can't even delve too far even into the mythology of even other English-speaking countries. I fear I'd get told 'No, no, that's not how tradition goes at all!' because sometimes things like dragons and elves and unicorns and animal-people have deep spiritual meaning for native peoples even now, long after no one really believes in them anymore. I'm afraid to be creative on top of another culture's mythos for fear of looking like a fool or offending anyone.

And yet I find them so fascinating. =/ Quetzalcoatl, Ra, Tyr, Persephone, Huanglong......... I feel like such a mutt, I don't have anything cool that I know for certain my family roots ever even believed in. I don't know my own roots at all and it's just sad.

Yet then you see stuff like Percy Jackson and the Avengers and people aweing over how cool it is for these old gods to have new stories written about them. I'd love to do that, but I'm afraid.
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abi-m Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Don't be afraid to give it a try! You just mentioned some good examples of stories having characters from other cultures than the ones from the creators. The worse that could happen is haters giving bad unconstructive feedback, and you shouldn't pay attention to that if it doesn't helps you. It is better to listen to constructive comments that can help you improve. I've been there myself doubting when thoughts about 'liking other cultures besides mine and if it is all right' crossed my mind. Mythology can always be fascinating and more when you go deep on the roots and find how much of them have lot of things alike. I you still feel bothered, you could try research on your own roots until you find something on any of them that leads you to a inspiring mythology. Cheer up! Don't be afraid to do what you like the most (:
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RedMeg Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Might as well take a stab at the mini-contest, since this was fun to read and think about. ^-^

1. Who is the main character?

I have a few main characters in Spades, the book I'm currently developing, but I'll pick Stilts because these next questions made me think of him. Stilts is a resident of the steampunk city of Readlyn. He's the only offspring ever known of to come from a union between one of the strange, silent dwarf-workers that run the city's underground and a human, and is generally ostracized on both sides because of this. He never knew his parents, and is an extremely bitter guy because of this background; his only friend is Godi, an FMC, and he doesn't identify her as such at the time of the first book.

:bulletblack: What kind of distinguishing facial features does your character have?
Stilts has unusually large and sensitive-to-light eyes, product of his dwarf heritage, but he's darker than a dwarf (they're extremely pale). He tends to narrow his eyes almost constantly because of this, adding to his angry look. Other than that he looks reasonably normal - strong nose, thin mouth, short brown hair - and what people notice most about him is that he's very short, only around 4' 11''.

:bulletblack: Does your character have a birthmark? Where is it? What about scars? How did he or she get them?

No birthmark, but Stilts has a lot of scars. Small ones crisscrossing his hands from the work he does with machinery, several larger ones on his lower left leg from where it was trapped once. Also stretch-mark like scars on his arms, legs and neck - you see, the dwarves were named so because they were very short, but pure dwarves have the ability to stretch themselves taller if they really need to. Stilts inherited some of the tightly packed muscle and oddly-structured bones needed for this - but not the skin, so if he attempts to do it his skin begins to stretch painfully and almost rip. On the plus side, the tightly-packed stuff makes him extremely strong.

:D Sorry if that's a bit of a long reply, but I love character questions. Oh, and on the theme of originality - Stilts was originally inspired by the age-old tale of Rumplestiltskin. So take heart. :P
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Miss-Friskies Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Story development for the win ! I have 10 characters, and I write different stories with a lot of them at each time, one being the protagonist : D Really enlightening, since one can be foe and hero in two different context. Anyway, question time :

Context : WW2



1. Who is the main character?
Svenja Petersen, danish nurse. Small and very curvy, big hazel eyes, with round features. She has got a little scar on the collarbone, near to a beauty mark located above her left breast.


2. Who or what is the antagonist?
Mostly during the WW2, classic Nazi-Partei antagonist, even if the situation is mostly in an hopital and we don't actually met one. In fact, I tryed to show the situation by the eyes of a nurse in UK, who only talk to people who have fight, kill, fled from them, and see the situation from outside

(sorry I'm not really...clear xDD)
This fear of attack, bomb, relies to Svenja's fear from thunder, she is a person born for calm, white places and is afraid of what give chaotic, infernal (at the first definition) situations, where everyone and everything can be touch


3. Who are the other people in the story?

Greenlandic young lady, a couple of italien, one being at the hospital, the other going to serve in american army, a finnish family, where the two daughter are separated like the italian brothers, eldest going to a filthy sabotage war, the youngest taking care of her family, another from Italy, who Svenja falls in love with, before he disappears... ...A lot of people, coward people, stubborn people, in love or hate, smiling, hoping or indeed hopeless and wanting to do "right" even if they know they are not. Childlish and mature, assassins, killers, people trapped outside of their homeland... Etc : D

4. What does the main character want?
She fled from Denmark due to the nazi invasion, and as she is afraid of the massification, she goes through England. But well, she is not in her country, she looks at people going into war, into the sorrowful land of deaths and hopeless fight.

She want to go home, I think. And to care. Between her homesick complexion and her desire to care about others, others in need, I mean.


5. How does the antagonist prevent the main character from reaching his/her goal?

Surely by invading everything and constructing an empire of endless terror


6. What are the results?

Well, she is a passive characters. I only tried to show her actions, the dilemna inside her, when she saw everything she lost, including her beloved Dante

7. What is the climax?
Well, I think it's a bomb-dropping upon London. Where I put a kind of narrative ellipse. Svenja and her fears being shown widely, dead-or-not, seing some of the effects that people that she healed in the floor, never see them again


8. What is the resolution? Is the goal accomplished, or abandoned in favor of something else, or lost?

Return to Denmark, with a loss of hope. Exchanges of Letters with Eldrid Aaltonnen, the youngest finnish daughter. Hearing about Thalia being harmed but alive, Fabrizio missing, her sister currently in jail, etc.

And the last word are : (roughly translated, i write in french :3)
"And then, in the letter, folded in half, a picture had waited for her. She smiled when she saw the adress, written upon "his" right shoulder.
It was the time for another travel, she thought."

9. What is the theme?
War, love and despair, loss of hope and miserability of human condition. Meetings, cultures and comfort through a gentle heart :3
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kasidy92 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
This is a wonderful piece. Definitly served to renew my confidence in my own work and characters ;w; Thank you. I'll be sure to answer the questions soon in another comment!
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Bulbiekins Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh goodness, this is one interesting.. Journal? Hem, I'd almost rather call it an article, but okay.
I am not too drawn to the 'contest' part of tis, but these questions really are interesting and made me feel like coming up with some answers! (Pardon me in advance for my possible wordiness and typos, haha, not my usual computer that I'm writing this on so I'm not used to this keyboard. |'3 )

I actually have two different storylines; one of my own creation that I've been working on since 8th grade and another that is loosely based on Pokémon games (Loosely, as in the main base mechanic is there, but the world, history, characters and everything is different.) BUT I guess I will be talking about that ORIGINAL (As mythical as that might be) story of mine, as the Pokémon one is mainly a thing I use with RP groups and ocasional silly stories. The story I'm planning to draw as a comic someday in the future, once I'm more confident in my abilities as a story-teller, and for now there is next to no one else besides me who knows even a handful about the story, haha~. I've actually never written this stuff down, so we shall see how this looks as text rather than inside-my-head story.

*Wrote her answers now* And so, indeed, a lot of text. But oh well, it did clear out my mind quite a bit, so thank you for asking these questions! 8D

If you are curious, feel free to read it, though I won't really add it in this comment, it would be way too large, being about 3 pages on Open Office. o^o Even if I got less detailed towards the end mainly because of spoilers, pfff.
(Sta.sh -link: [link])
I dunno how long I'll keep the text up there, but oh well. :U Maybe a couple of days before I'll free the space up again for my Stashing needs. Haha~. Feel free to take a look if you're curious. xD Of what an abomination of a text wall you have caused with your writings. o^o
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Cionie Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm really glad you did this. I was having that "oh G-d, I'm not original!" conversation with myself just yesterday :p

1) Who is the main character?

David (aka Cat-boy) is a... boy? Yeah, we'll call him a "boy" for now. Who appears to be in peak physical shape and about 19-20ish years old, though no one is really sure. His physical appearance appears to be a mix of Middle Eastern, Indian and South Asian in general (again, no one is really sure). He has thick black hair, dark tattoos on his upper arms and thighs and bright, almost cat-like, amber eyes (thus the nickname).

No one is too sure about much, concerning David, as he just kinda appeared one night in the middle of suburbia naked and, at the time, unable to stand any form of light. He is rather introverted, blunt, judgmental and comes off as being severe.

In short, he's not "from around here" and, so far, he is the only one who knows where is really is from. And, if he can help it, things will stay that way until he can get back.

9) What is the theme?

The theme is dealing with fear. Specifically, the Human race's most basic fear, the fear of the unknown. I won't give away too much but David has been thrown into a world that is everything he has never encountered before. The modern world (as we know it) is the setting but that's not where he is from. His entire basis for "normal" and "safe" has been turned on it's head and now he has to get past his fear of the unknown in order to adapt to the social norms of Humans in order to survive.

The basis of the story is to explore the psychological implications of being taken completely out of your norm, 100%, and dealing with it. David has a long way to go and many obstacles to overcome before he can either return to his world, or stay as a "native" in this one.

Interested? You can read the first (very rough) draft of the first handful of chapters here: [link] :D
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Chivi-chivik Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad that me and my friends are not the only ones who knew how originality goes. (We even joke about this: instead of saying "I got inspiration from *insert some kind of work here*" we say "I plagiarized this from *indert some kind of work here*" :XD:)
This will help a lot fo people here on DA! :lol:
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embercoral Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My boyfriend and I were playing this one D&D campaign (my character was Meta Knight-ish) where a dragonborn friend turns into a death knight enemy and conquers the land of a four-headed dragon (takes the crown from it) on top of a volcano and the one religion he despises is called "The Leaf"...and then Kirby's Return to Dreamland came out, and we were like :iconwtfisthisplz:.

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Chivi-chivik Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icononionxdplz: I can't help but laugh!
This happened to me as well:
I wrote a Mario fic -it is on DA- where the villain had bad experiences as a child, related as well to his love; he wanted to blow up the Mushroom World and his assistant betrayed him when the fic was at the ending chapters. This was plotted on 2008.
Then I researched about Super Paper Mario on 2011. And I was like: [link] :XD:
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embercoral Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconlolwhutplz:

But Super Paper Mario was made in 2007...
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Chivi-chivik Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, but I became a Mario fan when 2007 was ending. I didn't know about SPM as much as I do nowadays -I just knew it existed-. And, as I've said, I researched about it -before buying it, I've told that to everyone so many times- on 2011.
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FallingWithoutStyle Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Writer
I'll answer all but the last few.

1. Who is the main character?
-Jynx Juliet Codsworth (aka Death), first ever Grim Reaper that wasn't completely a Reaper and survived it (her mom is a witch). She's also been mutated by the bad guy, which also should have killed her but didn't.

What kind of distinguishing facial features does your character have?
-Her bright silver eyes speckled with violet, extremely pale skin

Does your character have a birthmark? Where is it? What about scars? How did he or she get them?
-A scar that looks a bit like a cross on her left side, running from her hip to her neck


2. Who or what is the antagonist?
(The person, group, or situation causing trouble for the main character.)
-Spencer Silcone (or Bloody Spencer, as he has been dubbed), sociopath serial killer. There are a few others, like Medusa Goode, Hades Codsworth, Pluto Codsworth, etc, but they're side bad guys.

What is your character’s biggest fear? Who have they told this to? Who would they never tell this to? Why?
-Spiders and anything having to do with hospitals. Oh, and dying alone, that's a big one. She would tell Jase (A friend of hers), but I doubt she would tell anyone else.


3. Who are the other people in the story?
-That's a long list, so I'll just go with the main ones. Jason Wilson (Jase), Seven Codsworth (her dad), Medusa Goode (her mom), Mitch Hillcock (Jase's friend), John Hillcock (Seven's friend and Mitch's brother), Pluto Codsworth (Seven's brother), Hades Codsworth (Seven's brother that he doesn't know about), Suit (Supervisor guy), Bunry (Jynx's sort-of sister), Patch (long story...), Cuff (Patch's brother)

Who are your character’s friends and family? Who do they surround themselves with? Who are the people your character is closest to? Who do they wish they were closest to?
Friends:
Jase... That's really about it. She's not a people person.
Family:
Seven, Bunry, Medusa, Patch, Cuff

Where was your character born? Where have they lived since then? Where do they call home?
-She was born in Hidden Salem (long story), she's lived with Seven for quite a while, and now she lives with Jase.

When has your character been in love? Had a broken heart?
-She's in love with Jase right now :D



4. What does the main character want?
(What’s his or her problem, goal, greatest need.)
-She needs to undo the mutations Spencer put her through

Why is this important? (It should be vital.)
-Her body will collapse in on itself and she'll die.

5. How does the antagonist prevent the main character from reaching his/her goal?
-By mutating her further in order to reach his own goals.

What does the main character do about this?
-Tries to kill him. Several times.
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MangAniMania Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for making this. This journal really helps me :)
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unicornomics Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   General Artist
This is very helpful,thanks
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Ilman-Lintu Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Photographer
1. Who is the main character?
The main character is a young woman with turqoise colored fake dreadlocks who got used to getting what she wants nearly at any expenses and not listeing to people around her. She acts sometimes selfish in the childish way in this trait of hers, but this doesn't bring her happiness. She can't stand anyone perswading her in anything and gets angry in such cases.
If to talk about piercings she maybe has only small black metal ring in a nostril.

2. Who or what is the antagonist?
Here i usually have troubles in all my stories. Like in my own experience the major protagonist is the situation where life puts you and majorly your own attitude to that. >__<

3. Other people in the story...
In fact the story has many white gaps still and this article in fact inspired me to fill one of those. :la:
But once in the middle (i hope it will be middle) of the story she unexpectedly meets a man, who is pretty much a contrary of those with whom she is used to deal with. He's tall, blonde, thin, frail and fragile, eats nothing and works too much. He is submissive and somewhat passive and has a feeling of being doomed by his nature (and by the other story he is the key figure in). So they fall in love and have short but very pationate loveaffair. Which has to end unexpectedly. So he disappeares from her life.

7. And this is the climaх of the story. She feels alone and depressed for the first time in her life. She feels longing for him becuase at first he was only a 'boy toy' for her, to feed her lust, she realized she's head over the heels in love with him. He managed to unexpectedly be bringing his point of view home to her just not pushing it but underlining how humble it was. And in his arms she found peace.

so... the new challenge is to live on without him and to find inner peace...

9. theme is love and way to find 'yourself'.

How does that sound, eh? I know there are many gaps but still.
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AnAspieInPoland Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Question 1, 2, 4 and maybe 9 I can answer. Here, this translated part of the bigger picture:
[link]
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PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
This was my feeling when I read some stuff.
I actually thought of my story first- when I was 5 years old...
But in any case, this article really, really boost my self esteem and my belief in my story being original!
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bluevelvetwings Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
OMG. This is why I love you so much. I read Beowulf (loved it, if you couldn't tell from browsing my gallery for two seconds what original names I make :P) and I got very annoyed at Tolkien through the whole thing, because almost nothing of his seemed original anymore - I read a translation side by side with the original next, and from taking his names directly from old English (Théoden, anyone?) to the entire scene with the world being too large for a father who lost his child, Tolkien seemed to be constantly referencing the book.

But by the end, I realized something - that it's absolutely okay. Because as another very famous book said, "There's nothing new under the sun". And he referenced something really awesome, which in the end actually made me re-love his works and I've read through the whole series again.

I digress.

I have written so many varied characters and stories that it would be hard to pick just one to answer the questions for, so I'll give some varied concepts I use - I don't mind if it doesn't enter me into your mini-contest ^^

My characters and stories tend to have an outside antagonist who really isn't much of an antagonist at all. In one, it's a captain of an enemy country's navy who isn't a bad person in the least and who actually very much admires the protagonist. The real antagonist is usually the character him or herself - something in their personality or something they can't let go of. One of my few female protagonists, Callie, is a bitter young woman who isn't doing anything in her life and wastes away living with her father because of her bitterness with her mother for leaving them. She's angry at her father for letting her mother go (and eventually, die) and her father serves as an 'antagonist', when he's really just as helpless as she is in the situation. In the story, she meets a young boy whose father left their family too and has a much worse situation than herself in that he's dying of some disease (as you can see, the minor details need some work :P) but he manages to remain cheerful and to have some sort of /purpose/ that she doesn't until the very last. After that, something good happens to her, but I'm not sure what exactly. All I know is that I'll have some kind of happy ending.

I have some vague, fairly good storylines floating around in my head, but getting them out tends to be a challenge XD I've actually written two full-length books though. Never published them or anything and probably never will because quantity doesn't equal quality, but. I'm off-topic again.
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Yobtaf Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
But...Tolkien's elves were kind of original...

Hmm...well I'll base this on a really brief story idea I have (no names yet..sigh)...

2. Who or what is the antagonist?
Character's crazy, control freak mother

4. What does the main character want?
Peace

Why is this important? (It should be vital.)
By pursuing this he ends up fighting even more :)

5. How does the antagonist prevent the main character from reaching his/her goal?
Seeks to use main character for violent purposes

What does the main character do about this?
Runs away

6. What are the results?
Gets himself cursed and everyone around him killed

8. What is the resolution? Is the goal accomplished, or abandoned in favor of something else, or lost?
Everyone dies :)

9. What is the theme?
Playing god screw things up a lot
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liladdy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
:bulletblack:What kind of distinguishing facial features does your character have?

And

:bulletblack:Does your character have a birthmark? Where is it? What about scars? How did he or she get them?

Actually, y'know what, I'll just tell you a bunch of stuff. I'll eventually answer these questions... Here meet Cole.

Cole lives in a dystopian society in Australia. There are no zombies, but a monster much, much worse. These monsters are called Arachnoconas: a spider-like being made of rotting flesh and metal.

Cole, our main character, is full of hatred, revenge, and is out for blood. He considers himself a genius and a perfect killing machine. In reality, he is mentally insane (in a dark dark twisted way though he still functions normally) and while he does kill constantly, he is not perfect. He has no friends and the humans he does come across, he kills eventually.

Cole is 5'3 and 95 pounds due to malnourishment. He is almost always hunched over like hes in pain and has jet black hair. His eyes are a dark dark brown and if caught in the right light, makes them look almost black. He has high cheek bone, olive toned skin, and a sharp (not to mention defined) nose. He has one birthmark over his left knee cap, a black patch of deceased looking skin. He has 13 big or medium scars 4 on his torso due to three different events (a stabbing and shooting), two on his leg (puncture marks from when a Arachnoconas bit, and almost killed him), and 7 on back from a whipping he took when he was 8. His left calf also has a scar from being badly burnt in a fire.

He has no living relatives left as he killed his last remaining family member, his sister three years prior to where the story picks up.

The most precious item he owns is a modified utility belt he found in the early days of 'post moment zero'. It includes three pocket knives, bullets, poison, iodine pills, and a few other useful items.

Yup, that's him!
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whatMadnessIsThis Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this! It's a great pep talk, one that's entirely true and does a great job of calming down a writer who's so used to having 'plagiarism sucks and you shall avoid it at all costs' shoved down her throat. Funny, and clear. Awesome.

Oh, BTW, I was so happy to see all the Mal gifs! (I forgot the actor's name, so sorry, but I know him from Firefly)
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kimrimiphantomhive Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
FIREFLY :squee: I'm so glad some one else noes what that is! Great use of great clips of a great actor!!!! :+favlove:
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OfOneSoul Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :huggle:

Although - I do know Nathan Fillion from Firefly - these clips are actually from Castle, another T.V. show he plays in. :iconteheplz:
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kimrimiphantomhive Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:tighthug: I know they're from Castle and that's a grreat show also ^^ I just was really excited and typing REEEEEEEEALLY fast =p
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OfOneSoul Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Castle is so good. :stare:
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kimrimiphantomhive Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
*Knows >.< I'm smart. Sure...
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Steamland Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
this also explains originality: <iframe src="[link]" width="720" height="433" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="[link]" style="display:none"></embed>


if it doesn;t work heres a Link: [link]


:bulletblack: When has your character been in love? Had a broken heart?

Yes, but Landyn and the girls ahve a complex realtionship, it's more sibling related. Landyn was in lvoe with Christina and Becky but it never worked out between them, so they have this akward aspect but it's not the creepy akwardness its the nervous aspect of whats to say, Becky and Landyn have gotten over this aspect. Becky does fall for Even's best friend Evan who also falls for her even go so far as to sacrifise hismelf for her own safety.
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