My characters, Samuel and Anna
TELL US MOOOORE.
Don’t rush me!
I kinda feel like being a jerk now. I think I shall draw and post pictures of my pairings, but give no information or back story. >:D
Brandy, answer seriously: Are you really interested in finding out more? If you are, I can give you a little more information about them. I am currently working on some other pieces, but by the end of the summer I should have character sheets done.
Of course I want to know! How else can I be sure you are creating deep, interesting characters that also make sense?
I feel intimidated and scared now. Mainly because I realize that every character could use fixing; and no matter how hard the creator tries, they won’t appeal to everyone.
But, here it goes:
Okay, so the guy is Samuel Adam Lanter. He was adopted as an infant into a household where the father is deaf. So, he’s a CODA. He has the common mannerisms of a CODA like being very aware of body language and facial expressions, being a bit blunt when talking, being an active listener, and having an incredible imagination. Because he is also part of the non-deaf community, he does understand sarcasm and has learned how to be a bit more sensitive in his speaking- though he does slip up often.
I had some more stuff, but I realized it was stupid, so I got rid of it. I’m open for ideas on Sam’s character, though, if you want to through some in there.
I would give more info on Anna, but she is still in MAJOR reconstruction mode.
Cool. I mean, I don’t know much about his PERSONALITY and more about his mannerisms, but so far so good and a rather believable character.
I guess I can write down what I’ve got so far. Again, it’s all open for ideas and critique.
Okay, I do know that Sam is a rather positive person and likes to look on the bright side of things. However, he often tries to completely avoid confrontations and upsetting situations. He doesn’t attend funerals (or at least, very rarely), he is incredibly careful when dating because he hates break-ups, he has chosen to never meet his real parents, and he only has a select few that he would willingly stand up for.
I’m thinking that because he’s an active listener that he’s quiet and doesn’t initiate conversation. People who can hear often have to ask him questions or speak to him directly to get him to talk. (He’s much more comfortable with ASL, and speaks to them much more.) This can be unfortunate because he is a great story teller due to his imagination. (<- Something is off about this part, I just know it…)
He likes kids, so he ended up going to college to be an ASL interpreter at either an elementary school or a middle school- I’m not sure which yet.
(Let me emphasize: if you have any ideas on how to make this better, please let me know)
Perhaps his ability to tell stories very well comes from having to describe things to people who cannot experience them? Like describing sounds to someone who can’t hear them, I know Brian Jacques always wrote his books descriptively because he meant for them to be written in brail so that blind children could read them and feel that they gain the full experience. Other than that, I quite like the character so far.
Ooh, I got something. I really like your idea, so I shall make a valiant and half-awake attempt at tying that in. Okay, so, my sister says that deaf people often have great imaginations because they have to exaggerate more with their stories. They are very expressive so they can get their point across; ‘cuz, ya’know, tone of voice can’t be heard…
So, he had to learn to exaggerate more and be more imaginative and creative with his story telling when he was growing up and attending deaf events with his family. He now enjoys it because it’s rather fun to tell stories that way. Non-deaf people don’t necessarily need grandiose descriptions of everything, and don’t always need exaggeration, so he doesn’t love telling stories to them. He still will from time to time- with the right amount of prodding- but the listeners should be ready for one hell of an anecdote.
Also, I had this idea that when he starts getting into a story that he’s telling to his hearing friends that he’ll start unintentionally signing what he’s saying.