Sincerely, T.K Paradox
I think it's for these reasons I've never written any characters that I would cringe about now, but who knows?
It's just the biz, baby.
MarytheGorgon Wrote: I have a lot of female characters from back in middle school/early highschool who fit the "wow I'm so emo but I'm also insane but pretty hot 😍" archetype. Gave them all to my older brother who writes...mature fiction to adapt however he likes.Looool!!
Is he making any money with that? I hear it's pretty lucrative, actually.
Except it wasn't exploring any interesting dynamics, like what if an angsty teen had godlike powers... He was just obnoxious and extremely OP
Thankfully, that story is now buried where it will never again see the light of day...
Strangely enough as I got older and my writing and story telling improved, so did the character. Before he was this unstoppable, ultra cool pokemon master badass, but now he's more of a case study about the effects that becoming famous can do to a person as well as the mental toll and trauma he received during his adventures. For instance, an interesting quirk I gave him was that he would only carry around five pokemon instead of the standard six because he's so awesome and cool that he doesn't need a full team to destroy his oppenents. Now he goes with one less pokemon because one of his pokemon died during a team plasma fight which then made him vow to never use a sixth pokemon again to carry his partners memory.
So although I'm disappointed in how he started, I see him as a sort of memento to how far I came with character creation and development.
They all had roles they played within the framework of the stories they were cast in.
The stories...might have been a bit cringe here and there, but the characters did their best to play their parts, like good actors.
When I look at my very old drawings of her now, I kinda just cringe and wonder what my brain was thinking to conjure up such a character.
She was super stupid and happy go lucky. Everything fell into her lap. There were tons of cartoonish villains that could never stump my stupid stupid protagonist because she's the protagonist.
The prince also somehow shirked off his royal duty to be with her.
She had no knowledge of the rules of the court and everyone who was the "good character" loved her.
I wrote a Mary Sue without realizing I wrote a Mary Sue.
And highschool fic. That's just cringe too. My 12 year old self thought being a highschool student meant you're mature and an "adult". Like bitch, I'm in my 20s and I still act and feel like a child. Lol.
He was a suit-wearing assassin with one eye, wearing cool guy sunglasses.
He was also a master submission artist(?)
I was a weird kid.
Oh my god, I used such chuuni names for my characters when I was in Junior High School. And such cringy dialogues. Just cool mc coolsname.
No heft in the dialogues, no beauty in the flow of the dialogues, no imagery.
Oh my god. such pain in my soul. the cringe when I read my old works.
Haust Wrote: Everyone I wrote about more than 10 minutes ago.Nice.
Plus (and this might just be me) I can read my older works and still feel the passion behind them.
I have no regrets about anything I've written except for the frustration I occasionally feel when I realize in hindsight "man, I could have told this so much better if I'd written the scene this way."
You can walk and run now, but not too long ago you were talking stumbling little baby steps. Don't deny where you came from simply because of where you're at now.