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HELP! Dividing Fiction from Fanfiction!

 
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zeldafan92
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:30 pm    Post subject: HELP! Dividing Fiction from Fanfiction! Reply with quote

Just to clarify I do know the difference between fiction and fanfiction lol.

Recently I have watch "Full Metal Alchemist" and am watching "Twelve Kingdoms" and the political motivation inspired me to make my own story. Unfortunately I have trouble forming original main characters Sad the plots I can flesh out on my own, but I can seem to break away from wanting to take the personality and looks of my favorite characters (namely Edward Elric) for the protagonist in my story.

The sum up of the story is watching politics unfold from a federal/military investigator POV (which i thought of and saw it was close to FMA Sad... ) and the main investigator i keep picturing as Edward Elric! How can I achieve they similar element or replace with better one's without plagiarism or making it fanfiction!!!

Help!!! Crying or Very sad
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blackcatcurse
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, basing your own character off a "pro" character is okay. Yes, you should tweak him.

First, give him a "bad habit", like being a drunkard, or biting his nails.

Second, change the clothing style. Maybe he wears a dress shirt or dress jacket. Does he wear sneakers or dress shoes? Does he carry a briefcase or clipboard with him?

Third, income! Does this person have a regular income? If so, what kind? If not, how do they get money?

Fourth, do they have any special skills? This is rather important. If they don't have special skills, do they have a pet that has special skills?

Fifth, personality. (Well, I don't read FMA or 12 Kingdoms, but...) Maybe your character is shy. Or is he/she outgoing? Maybe they love to fly, or hate heights. Did they go to school or flunk out (good background material)? Do they have a lover?

(Hope this is a good start for you.)
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