I’m just going to quote me from the above link:
- Have limits on the technology and room for development to continue. It’s no fun if no wound can be fatal or if everyone can live forever.
- Know your world. You need to know how advanced it is, what politics it is and the culture of this world. It’s fundamental for your characters back-story.
- Decide whether your plot revolves around the sci-fi element or whether it is based around the characters but has sci-fi. For example Star Trek is all about the Sci-Fi whereas I would argue Star Wars is a lot more about the characters. The characters personal story in Star Wars in central, in Star Trek it is more like an afterthought.
- Keep an element of realism.
- Know the science.
Hope these links help!
Strong verbs improve your writing in three ways. They help you:
Reduce adverbs: Choosing strong verbs helps you to be specific. You should replace an adverb and a verb with a strong verb if you can. It will improve your writing. Don’t say: “She held on tightly to the rope.” Do say: “She gripped the rope.” Don’t say: “He looked carefully at the documents.” Do say: “He examined the documents.”
Avoid the passive voice: Choose specific, active verbs whenever you can. Don’t say: ‘He was said to be lying by the teacher.’ Do say: ‘The teacher accused him of lying.’
Eliminate wordiness: Strong verbs help you eliminate wordiness by replacing different forms of the verb ‘to be’. They allow you to stop overusing words like ‘is’, ‘was’, ‘are’, and ‘were’. Don’t say: ‘She was the owner of a chain of restaurants.’ Do say: ‘She owned a chain of restaurants.’If you reduce wordiness, choose specific verbs, and use the active voice, readers will be able to understand you more easily. This is what you want because the reason we write is to communicate.
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- Granted Immortality – the character is given immortality. Gods and other high-magic beings will gift their mortal friends or pawns. Or perhaps the character has found a magical artifact or spell that will make them immortal. In other words, the character is born mortal, but becomes immortal. Examples: Nicholas Flamel (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone); Ganymede (Greek mythology); vampires (Twilight Saga); Jesus Christ (the Bible)
- Natural Immortality – the character is born immortal. Immortality is a characteristic of their race, whether by science, magic, or their genes. However, the character does age and stops maturing a little over the age of consent. (Although it would be interesting to have a culture of immortal three-year-olds or immortal ninety-year-olds.) Examples: elves (Lord of the Rings); Asgardians (Thor); Greek/Roman gods
DEGREE OF IMMORTALITY
- Incomplete – the character cannot die from old age or sickness. They can be killed by violent means – that is, they can be burned, shot, stoned, quartered, hanged, drowned, bled to death, etc. Or the character has a weakness (like silver bullets with werewolves) or there is a certain artifact that can kill them. Examples: elves (Lord of the Rings and Inheritance Cycle; can die violent deaths); angels (Supernatural; can by killed by angel blades or godlike power); vampires (can be torn to pieces and burned, stabbed with wood stakes, beheaded, etc.); werewolves (silver bullet); Voldemort (Harry Potter; can be killed if his horcruxes are destroyed as well); zombies (headshot)
- Complete – the character is immortal no matter what happens. They can be torn apart atom by atom and age a billions years and still look like twenty-somethings. Granted, characters that have complete immortality are often too powerful to capture or torture anyway. Examples: most gods/God; personifications of Death
- Conditional Immortality – the character needs to do something to preserve their immortality. Characters must perform certain rites – bathing in virgin’s blood seems common – or take the essence of a certain compound, or pray to gods, or become mortal for one day out of the year. If they fail to do the action, the character will become mortal and possibly revert to their true age within a matter of seconds. Examples: immortals (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel; mortals swear obedience to their god in return for immortality); that crazy doctor guy (Supernatural; had to constantly look for fresh organs to replace his decayed ones); the Queen (Snow White and the Huntsman; had to have virgin’s blood); gods (American Gods; needed worship)
- Unconditional Immortality – the character is granted/born with immortality and don’t need to do anything to sustain it. Examples: elves (LOTR); gods
I decided to create this as an outline for anyone who may need it. These fifteen points are what I consider most often when developing a character, but there are others, given the genre and plot I’m aiming to achieve.I thought it’d be fun to make it a challenge to develop one character throughout fifteen tasks because I honestly do think personas have become lost in recent years and are typically replaced with self-insert narrators or too static leads.
Let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy!