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February 3rd, 2011

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10:30 pm - Character-writing meme
Snagged from sallymn:

Name a character I've written about, and I will tell you three things that I think are essential to keep in mind when writing that character.
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Date:February 4th, 2011 10:26 am (UTC)
Daniel Jackson
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Date:February 5th, 2011 08:25 am (UTC)
1) Daniel isn't just into languages, he's a word person. The concept is not the only thing important to him; how the concept is expressed is equally so.

2) He only talks as fast as he does because he's trying to cram in all the relevant details. Daniel's big picture is made up of million smaller ones, and he almost always cares more about those details than about the big picture. (This gets a bit less true as the series progresses, though.)

3) Daniel is fundamentally a deeply lonely person.
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Date:February 5th, 2011 09:11 am (UTC)
That all makes sense. (nods)
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Date:February 5th, 2011 07:00 am (UTC)
Since I would like to write him but am afraid: the Eleventh Doctor
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Date:February 5th, 2011 08:37 am (UTC)
Oh, lordy, you would pick a really hard one! I've only written him once. :)

1) Eleven willingly admits when he is wrong, or has no plan, but rarely apologizes. He doesn't seem to carry much guilt, or at least he doesn't openly express it.

2) He's a bit of a mad scientist, always poking his fingers into things, messing about, constructing things and timelines and people. (See also: Space Gandalf!)

3) He's a terrifically physical character: clumsy, odd-looking, almost spastic at times, but also easily affectionate in quite a non-sexual way. (Some of that, I think, is due to how old he seems--paternal/older sibling vibes towards just about everyone, except perhaps River Song.)

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