Halloween Costumes from Books

October 26, 2012

Coraline dollThis time of year is perfect for fantasy lovers! With Halloween around the corner, readers can easily transform into their favorite book character. For Harry Potter fans, it can be a tie, black gown and thick glasses. For Hunger Games followers, a bow and arrow in simple clothes may do (unless you can figure out a safe way to ignite a dress!). What about a little white powder and black eyeliner for a fashionable zombie? Maybe SewLolita’s Coraline doll (based on Neil Gaiman’s novel by the same name) will serve as inspiration. What other creative things could you do to turn a book character into a Halloween costume?




How to Create a Character Out of Thin Air

August 14, 2012

Hello everybody. I’m back in school now, and through a series of unfortunate events (including, but not limited to being subjected to death by AP courses, slaying a dragon, a hospitalized rainbow-making buddy, and a vanishing ferret) I have found myself with very little free time. However, I recently had a brainstorming session with a friend about character design and thought that I would share what I’ve learned. Take everything I say with a grain of salt, though; I’m new at this.

Getting Started

The first order of business when writing a story is usually character design. If you have a vague idea of a plot and setting, the best place to sharpen them in your eyes would be by creating your protagonist. Recently, I have come to realize this is a very Rumpelstiltskin-esque experience; you have your imagination, your ideas, and your language of choice, and you must weave them into somebody who will carry on his/her shoulders the plot of your story. You, as the writer, are faced with a similarly daunting task. In between you and your completed character are several common obstacles. Read the rest of this entry »

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