How to Create Fictional Characters Using Pinterest

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8-12-2017, 07:00
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Developing a character (whether it is for a book or any other project) can be stressful at times. You never know where to begin or how to design your character. If you prefer a more visual method of character development, here is a fun little way to create fictitious characters using a colorful website called Pinterest.

Developing Your Character Physically

  1. Log into Pinterest.
  2. Start by creating a board in the name of your character. In this case, our demonstration character's name will be "Sally."
    • Click on your profile.
    • Somewhere to the left, click on, "Create New Board."
    • Type the name into the box, then click, "Create."
  3. Search for your character's face, vaguely speaking. Here, Sally was designed to be a tom boy. The image must correlate to your character's attitude and emotions. She wears little makeup and her clothes are fairly simple.
  4. Search for your character's hair style and color. Sally's hairstyle will be a simple wavy cut and a brown color with no highlights.
    • Have a wide range of hair color ideas. Think abouth fun, ombre colors. Or depending on your character, he or she can have normal colored hair.
    • Pinterest is known for having amazing, colorful hairstyle ideas. If you're stuck you can wait until you begin the "attitude creation board" before you choose a hairstyle.
  5. Search for a clear picture of your character's eye color.
    • There are lots of images for red eyes, galaxy eyes, rainbow eyes, and normal colors on pinterest. Save multiple eyes color pictures to your board so that you can come back later and decide on the ones that fit most.
    • Eye colors will not be necessary, unless you would like to post individual eyecolor images to your board. It's complicated attempting to find accurate images of one person with every single trait your character has. It is okay to save snippet pictures of your character in a board, because you'll be the only one coming back to your board in the future. You will be the only one able to paste together a mental picture of your character using your boards.
  6. Search for a clear picture of your character's possible clothes, which is optional. 
    • Think about what your character would throw on in a rush for school, a party, etc... You don't really have to look for accurate color descriptions because you will not finding clothing items on Pinterest that are 100% accurate to what you are look for.
  7. Be patient. If you're lucky enough, you might come across someone with all of your character's features. The above picture is an over-view of "Sally" based soley on one picture.

Developing Your Character's Lifestyle

  1. Create a new board. Here is an example title: (Character Name)'s Life.
  2. Find pictures of things your character likes to do.
    • "Sally" enjoys camping, or fires, which is obvious. Find images that will present an active message at first glace. If your character enjoys chilling out on the beach, find an image that will best describe that setting.
  3. Find pictures of food your character likes to eat.
    • You can even get pictures of a dirty fridge, which would describe your character as being unclean, lazy, or just poor.
  4. Find pictures of drinks your character likes. 
  5. Find pictures of sports or hobbies. The hobbies can be anything. Knitting, surfing, sewing, or even saving the world.
  6. Find pictures of possible love-interests. You can always search up names of celebrities that might look like possible love-interests in your story.
  7. Search for a picture of your character's home. Think about your character's attitudes and habits and how it would affect the home. Does he or she like to leave things around and never clean up? What about aesthetics? Is your character a clean freak?
    • You can save multiple picture to your lifestyle board of different rooms. Then you find an images of what you would like the outside of the house to look like.

Developing Your Character's Attitude

  1. Create a new board and name it: (Character Name)'s Attitude. You can name your board anything else you'd like because these sample titles are optional.
  2. Discover "emotional photography" that may relate to your character's feelings 70% of the time he or she talks to someone. Emotions play a big role when it comes to characters, and being able to see those emotions in an image makes visualizing your character much easier.
    • This phase makes it easier to find pictures for any of your characters' boards, because you get to hop into their shoes and make visual decisions based on their attitudes.
  3. Find random images that symbolize what your character may think about sometimes. Does he or she think about the wilderness? Partying? Chilling at the beach?
    • If you are writing a story, read some scenes in your book. Think of the setting and find images similar to that. Images like these can be placed in your lifestyle board.
  4. If your character is funny, look for memes. You might even laugh just scanning through them. Find memes that sound like something your character might say in a particular situation.
  5. Find quotes on pinterest that describe your character's train of thought.
    • This is where you use key words to your advantage. If you are looking for quotes about being mad, search: Anger Quotes. The adjective should be at the beginning for more accurate results.

Tips

  • Look at your board as a whole and see if you like it. Pin point the images you'd like to remove or replace with more "aesthetic" versions if you prefer a neater board.
  • Get into the mind of your character and think of pictures your character would like to add to his or her personal website. You can name the board: (Character Name)'s Website
  • The Website Board can consist of anything that interests "Sally." DIYs. Travel ideas ... guns.
  • This might take a while depending on the amount of characters you have to create.
  • Know how to use key words. They will help you efficiently look for the pictures you desire.
  • This also helps with writing. If you get writer's block, you can always refer back to your character boards for more ideas.
  • Write little tips and reminders down about each character so that you can come back to them during the development process. It would be terrible to forget what your character looks like mid-creation.

Warnings

  • This is not a substitution for real planning of a fictitious character. Though this may seem fun, take your time off-screen to do a little planning on paper.
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