I am a Starkid through and through. Harry Potter is my shelter. Reading is my air. Laughing is my food and drink.
I find that, when writing bios, it’s really helpful to look at a list or a chart like the one above. Picking two or three traits from each chart and building a character based around them will give you a really interesting bio, because they will serve as a reminder that characters need depth and dimension.
Independent and clever.
Independent, clever, pretentious, and stubborn.
The first combination doesn’t come with any flaws, whereas the second will provide a more dynamic character.
Imagine how the Rapunzel’s father must have felt when his wife was about to have their first child, how happy he was that they were able to make a little child, and always thinking of that child as a girl, as that was what he had always wanted. Imagine him imagining how they would be able to raise her, and teach her everything she needed to know. Imagine how he must have thought about how she would grow up, and what type of child she would be, and who she might fall in love with, and when she would get married and have children of her own.
Imagine how he must have felt when his wife fell ill, and there was a chance that he might lose them both, and that he might not be able to see that future he had hoped for their child, and that he might have to say goodbye to his wife as well. Imagine him doing his best to keep it together, but failing every time he left the room. And imagine him losing hope, just as they brought in the concoction to save his wife and child.
Imagine the joy he felt when the concoction saved his wife, and she was able to give birth to their little girl, the girl he had always wanted. And they were happy, for a few hours, while they celebrated her birth with the kingdom. And everything was perfect for them, right?
But then, imagine him and his wife being woken in the middle of the night by the sound of their child crying, and the sight of a woman jumping from their balcony, with their child in her hands. Imagine searching with the people of your kingdom, but not being able to find her, and eventually, just having to hope that she would find her way home again soon.
Imagine as the years went by, and as they did the lanterns every year on her birthday, they let off the lanterns, hoping that she would see them, and understand that they were hoping that she was still alive, and each year, that reminder that they hadn’t found her causing him more pain than the previous year. Imagine him giving up hope after eighteen years, and just wanting to call it quits, but trying to keep strong, for his wife’s sake.
And lastly, imagine how he must have felt to have his daughter back. She was grown up, and he hadn’t been able to watch her grow up, but she had still returned. And that was the best thing that he could have hoped for.
HANNAH JUST STOP
The only thing that I was think during this entire thing was, “did they actually say ‘half their child’?”.
It was a spelling error. Not everyone is perfect. Most people actually make them.
“James Tiberius Kirk … the heart of the Enterprise, the overly confident leader, fueled by bravado. Life, for him, is one big adventure. But geared alone, born into battle, the heir to legend … What does a man do with such a curse, if he is making a mistake that will get his entire crew killed? And I will make sure of it.”
really tho the fictional character that’s been treated the worst by its writers is Scrat