Character Concept: Anastasia

Okay, this is part 1 of the Character Concept series I’ve been planning. This is for those who have no idea where to start by giving you a piece of information, or a format of sort, so you can start your own character all the more efficiently. I’m not giving a step by step explanation of how it is done but rather I’ll provide an example of my though process and a character for any of my stories (any of the three novels in progress).

*All images were taken from google as I have little to no skills at drawing. Credit goes to those awesome people who can manage to create these beautiful works of art which I’ve taken as inspiration for my characters.

So, without further ado, here we go!

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Anastasia is the typical shy girl you’d love to date but you know she is way out of your league.

Basic Information

Name: Anastasia Beatrice Mary-Elizabeth Chantal

Date of Birth: September 10th 2015

Age: 17

Ethnic Heritage: Britannium (alternate world England)

Religion: Royal & Absolute Anglican Church

Political Party: None

Favorite Colors: Blue and Yellow

Pets: Orion (a white German Shepherd dog)

Zodiac: Leo (in this reality, Ophiuchus is taken into account)

Story: Adagio for Canon

Character Overview

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She’s all about looking good, even if she doesn’t like socializing that much.

Appearance

For the most part, she’s said to be as lovely as the morning sun, with platinum blonde hair running all the way down to her waist, often held together by scrunchies or ornaments that her brother gives her. Her fair skin tone is easily envied by many but that only complements her big ocean blue eyes and rosy cheeks (which she tends to dislike). Her long slender legs and thin waist, though the envy of her friends, is the greatest frustration in her life. Beyond her cute celestial nose and her small pink lips, her biggest pride is her height; at approximately 1.7 meters, she’s her brother’s bully. The gentle and relaxed smile that forms on her lips is easily mistaken for that of naivety; she is much clever than she initially lets other’s believe. Her thin eyebrows and long eyes lashes convey a sense of divinity, she’s closer to a royal beauty than many who indulge in that social status.

Personality

Normally she is soft spoken, easily shy around people and becomes intimidated with strangers. Very clingy and needy of her brother’s attention, she’s almost akin to a puppy dog. Though, the puppy dog facade hides her true personality; she is a clever tactician and has everything planned out, from back doors to alternative strategies and last minute resources, she’s a genius in disguise. She’s easily annoyed by stubborn people or anybody that questions her ideas, her pride makes her blind to the reality of life. Prone to becoming possessive of others, she falls into jealousy, sporting her typical icy personality to those who befriend her brother. Preferring solitude than the ruckus of everyday life, she’s a clear example of your typical apartment cat whose idea of fun is staying home and sleeping all day long though that does not mean she can’t ‘act’. Her elegance is easily envied by many, as her etiquette skills are on a par with any royal figure you can find, if not beyond them as-well.

Original Character Concept 

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Her original concept was that of a happy -go-lucky girl caressed with innocence’s beauty.

I created her character a few years ago, about six to seven years. She was supposed to be named: Mary-Elizabeth and was to become the main character of the story. Being the protagonist’s  love interest, she’d be tough, independent, but still needinh emotional support and prone to selfish tantrums. The idea was that she’d be the strong female character but not the perfect female character (like the characters most stories try to sell in an attempt to mimic a Disney tactic). After careful thinking, and planning, I grew concerned that maybe the plot, as it was growing in complexity, needed a strong female character but not essentially the love interest of the main protagonist; something along the lines of a best friend, or a family member. Anastasia was  born, utilizing Mary-Elizabeth as a mold, refined and re-invented, Anastasia was the best of both world while becoming Alexander’s (Main Protagonist) emotional support and giving him someone to care about. As the story progressed, she’d become something of a mother figure to my main character – an idea I grew to detest. Scrapping this thought, all together, I turned her into a character whose confusion and conflicting interests turn her into a sort of an Anti-hero, borderline-villain.

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Elsa is the closest popular figure, I can think of, that is surprisingly similar, in look and personalty, to Anastasia.

This is a fairly short overview, there was plenty of writing and sticky-note pasting involved. In the end, she became a sort of a dark version of Else (Disney’s Frozen) with a hint of crazy and awesome. The most important factors, when creating her character, were: Age, Physique and Blood Ties – these variables define her development and role in the story.

So, what process do you go through when creating your character? Though this is just a sample, I need to provide every single detail before I even think of starting something. Are your characters planned before writing something or do you conceive a general idea and develop them as you write?

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