How to: Making a great bio
A lot of people seem to struggle when they try to make a great bio. There are many causes for that to happen. Maybe you don’t have enough inspiration or you’re not really connecting with a character. It happens to the best of us, we have all been there. There is no shame in it, there is always room for improvement.
There’s not much to it! It will keep your mind running and running. Every time you come up something new, write it immediately down. I can’t tell you how much I lost amazing idea’s just because I was too lazy at that time. Grab out your phone and type it in. Another idea is that you could sit somewhere that won’t distract you and write a few idea’s down. Your living room, the kitchen (just don’t get distracted by the fridge). The best thing about brainstorming is that it can get rid of that nasty writers block but it can also explore some new idea’s you have. Don’t worry if they sound silly or stupid, they’re not. Any idea is a good idea, it’ll lead you to even a bigger idea (if that makes sense, I hope you get what I’m trying to say). You can brainstorm from names to FC’s, it’s entirely up to you! There are a lot of ways to brainstorm, here is an example
Mind maps: What is a mind map? Well a mind map is a visual way to represent your thoughts and idea’s. I’m sure you all had to make one at some point, if not, you can always google it. Google is everyone’s best friend.
Here begins the fun part! Write the things you already have for your characters down. Write their names, their age, FC, etc. It’s a good way to start, you at least already have something written down and you can at least visualize the character.
· Basic info
Basic info is always a great way to start. Write about their childhood, a memory that makes them the way they are. Everyone is the person today because of your past, write about it. An ex-boyfriend who destroyed her emotionally that resulted in her having trust issues now. Does your character work, etc. Another important factor is the personality itself, is he/she flirty or a wallflower? This is all the stuff you brainstormed about your character, write them down in sentences.
Connections are so important! If a character doesn’t have any connection, they’ll be stuck with “Nice to meet you too.” for a while and they have to build that whole relationship and that’s not (always) fun. Friendships take time and it’s much more fun roleplaying if your character already has someone they know, whether it be a brother, a teacher, a bully, etc. Of course there will be other characters you don’t know but at least you won’t feel like your characters are repeating themselves every 5 minutes. Imagine how fun it could be if a character could bump into their abusive ex. See how much drama there already is?
Self-explanatory. Everything you write should be proofread. You’ll notice mistakes you didn’t before. I know your characters are your babies now, but grab a friend and let her/him read and criticize your work.
Look out the window. No seriously, look out the window. I just did and I already have a character in mind, a daydreamer with big dreams but little motivation to do something about it. Draw inspiration from what you know, they are real life examples. A movie character, your dick prince charming from your favorite book. Don’t copy them, but let yourself be inspired by them. If that doesn’t work you can listen to some music, have a nice cup of tea and read a book perhaps. Go out for a walk and take your dog with you. Just don’t force yourself to write. When you write a character and it’s half-assed, it’s noticeable. Don’t settle for good when you can have great.