This is a list of links to websites and deviations on DA that offer help to develop an Original Character (OC) or a Fan Character (FC)-
Feel free to suggest a resource if it isn't already on here! *a means it has received a Daily Deviation
*a means that I've found it to be exceptionally helpful myselfMake sure that you also favorite the resources you use! the artist's that did the REAL work need some love too!
Original Character ResourcesWhat Makes Your OC Tick: Meme by ~CareBearKiddCharacter Creation Tutorial by ~BinkansaDO's and DON'Ts of OCs by ~LlawlietzHow To Make Your Own OC by ~PercipientFishWriting Character Info sheets by `meikahidenoriUnique Character Design Tips by `thundercakeCharacter Design Tutorial by ~NuttyNutiCharacter Cliches to Avoid by ~GMYunaThe Naming of Characters by ~PrincessTwiliCharacter Design 101 by ~Heartless-BowserCharacter Creation Guide Pt 1 by ~SheeplyCharacter Creation Guide Pt 2 by ~SheeplyCharacter Creation Guide Pt 3 by ~SheeplyTo Create a Character by ~WarriorLoverIncKnowing Your Character by ~WarriorLoverIncThe Originality Illusion by =illuminaraHow To 'Flesh Out' an OC
Memes and suchFlesh Out OC Meme - Blank by ~NatahanKatakaSorely Unasked OC meme blank by ~IshijiCharacter Creation Challenge by ~omgdragonflyGenerating an OC meme - blank by ~0netnet0OC Meme: Appearance by #Create-Your-OC-ClubOC Meme: Introduction by #Create-Your-OC-ClubOcart OC Meme by *ThePurpleCatOC BFF Meme Template. by =Hetherly92Outfit Design Challenge by ~RymaruCreator Meme by *PhycosmileyCouple Development Meme blank by ~agra19Character Building Camp Meme by ~EmmyAnguaThe Official 9 OC Text Meme by ~xThexJadedxBugx
Design SheetsMajor Character Dissection by ~OtakuLizOC Information Sheet Meme by *TheRealTriplesixOcart Character Ref Template in #Ocart, by *ThePurpleCatCharacter Profile Form by =fyuvixCharacter Profile Form- Short by =fyuvixOC Profile Tutorial by *Kayla-Chan
In depth; WritingQuick Guide: Story Organizing by = pisatielnitsa"A Quick Guide to Organizing Your Fantasy/Sci-Fi Novel"Three Act Structure by *PaperDart"The three act structure is a common and effective method of plotting a story. This tutorial aims to serve as a straightforward and practical introduction to
that structure, avoiding excessive detail and technicalities."Lit Exercise: Fictional Races by ~Seabirdicat"I was given a writing in German History about the early germanian tribes, and the way it was sectioned was very intriguing to me. Since so many people write
fantasy and sci-fi and create fictional races and civilizations, I thought this could be useful to figuring out your race or civ, to make it all the more realistic.
Even if these subjects are never mentioned in your story, it helps to give the race a 3D feel and also helps you figure out why they act how they act, and other such
things."Crossing Genres by *OokamiKasumi"Every genre has core elements that make that genre that genre. In order to Cross Genres properly, you need to know each of your genre's distinctive elements
and make them Equally Important in the story. "Character Motivation by =illuminaraBeta Reading Tutorial by =thorns"What is a Beta Reader?
Apart from being a writer's best friend, beta readers provide a cross between edits and a critique. A beta reader does not edit a manuscript, but will note the errors
for the author to fix. Advice and critiques are other services a beta may perform."10 Tips for Novel Writers by `ATrue
)Style vs. Voice - A Guide by =illuminara"Here on dA, there seems to be a lot of confusion and general mass hysteria when it comes to the subjects of writing style and voice. What are they? What's
the difference? Can you write one without the other? How important are they, anyhow? Do you really need either of them? Wait, what are they again?"Guides and Lessons by ~Mae-JayHow to name your characters by ~Xancsia"I hope I have been of some help in dealing with any issues you might have when naming your characters. This is the first in my -Pitfalls- series. I hope to do
many more, this was something of a water tester. "How To Write - And Love It by = DarlingMionette"Welcome to my tutorial on how to start writing. This tutorial isn't going to teach you the rules of grammar, or punctuation. Let's face it – there is a
plethora of such tutorials already out there. Instead, this tutorial is going to teach you the tools you can use to get a head start on writing."How to Introduce a Character by *dragon8writerHOW do you make THE END? by *OokamiKasumi"DISCLAIMER: As with all advice, take what you can use and throw out the rest. As a multi-published author, I have been taught some fairly rigid rules on what
is publishable and what is not. If my rather straight-laced (and occasionally snotty,) advice does not suit your creative style, by all means, IGNORE IT."Cures for writer's block by ~SnoodleDoodleHow To Write A Story by ~MurderGoddess
On Mary SuesAnti Mary Sue Tutorial by ~NuttyNutiHow to evade making a Mary Sue by *GreySidewinderMARY SUE COOKBOOK by *AirieFeristo
Fan Character specificNaruto: Balanced OC Tutorial by =mongrelssisterRules for Naruto OC Creation by ~Naruto-Fan-RatingsPokemon Trainer OC Tutorial. by *AonyxFandom OCs: How to Avoid Being A Mary Sue! by *StainedLace
OtherCreate-A-Character Tutorial by ~HaisoThis is a tutorial that will help you generate a character by rolling a dice, rather than coming up with something~ an interesting technique to try if you're
interested.5 Easy Steps To... by ~AleriaCarventus"Make Your Editor Not Hate You"
Other Websites and resourcesCharacter Developement TipsA writer's WebsiteCharacter Developement by Sheree Rehema"This guide is designed to help people with writer's block, role-players of all levels, and people who are just interested in psychology and philosophy as it
applies to fiction. Here you'll find tips, examples, suggestions, general information to aid in creating rounded fictional characters for your stories and/or RPGs, and
perhaps even information useful for everyday life."Writing Technique: Character Development"essortment.com - your source for knowledge"Myers-Briggs Type Indicator List"The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung
understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent,
being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment."
-practical in the real world too, this only gives an outline of the personality types that can be used to help flesh out characters- and even understand more about
yourself. definably check this one out.
World building CitesElements of Fantasy WorldbuildingCreating Fantasy and Science Fiction WorldsHow to Name Places in Your Fantasy WorldMagical World Builder's Guide
random resources/toolsCharacter TraitsUnderstanding Literary ArchetypesWriter's Block: Is It All in Your Head?The Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test