Practicing at the now-defunct Oasis Skatepark, the undersized prodigy soon began to attract attention by performing maneuvers well beyond his years. At age 12 he was winning amateur contests throughout California, at 14 he turned pro, and at 16 he was widely regarded as the best competitive skateboarder in the world. He was able to buy his first home before he graduated.
Great heroes are rare to find, while flat, uninteresting characters are all too common in stories. Why is this so?
Some tales have epic heroes while others contain lifeless, boring characters doing the same old things as a thousand average characters in other stories.
What makes these characters so compelling, so interesting, so. Are larger than life heroes made by accident? Is it random happenstance? Can you learn how to make the heroes of your own stories truly great?
Epic heroes are created from a combination of things. First of all, you need to think of your hero as someone that is as great as any other of the epic characters from famous stories.
The first step Huck as hero making a character great is to imagine it in your own mind. Now, what techniques can be used to make a hero great?
Skills, Powers, Abilities Give your hero a skill, power or ability that others lack. Luke Skywalker could sense the force. Sherlock Holmes had a keen mind and the powers of deductive reasoning.
Not all characters need to be a superhero, but your characters should have some unique ability that sets them apart from a normal person. You could make your hero eloquent, aristocratic, or streetwise.
The Mythic Hero vs. The Everyday Hero The Greeks thought of a hero as a greater version of humanity. Not a god, but greater than normal mortals, their heroes were capable of doing great things. Aristotle called this kind of person a "Great Souled Man. These are simply two different styles.
If you want to tell a more mundane tale, you can still make your hero great by giving them a powerful personality, by making them a visionary, or you could make them a person of passion, someone who believes strongly in things.
What Makes A Character Interesting? Character flaws make your hero fascinating to the reader. What weakness does the hero have?
Every hero should have a character flaw, something that may be ruining their life. For instance, your hero might be arrogant, or perhaps your hero is simply unsure of himself. When you create flawed characters, the audience immediately identifies with them actually, the audience identifies with the need for the character to overcome their flaw.
Moral weaknesses are always better than average character flaws. Imagine the difference between pride and arrogance or the difference between uncertainty and cowardice. If they exhibit a flaw, you should give them something admirable.
For instance, if your character is proud and arrogant, you could make them right about it you could make them smarter or more capbale than others. Values Great characters have values. Does your hero live by any standards?
Bravery, cynicism, friendship, generosity — these are the things people consider important. When your characters have values, the story becomes a struggle against two people and their value systems.
One person will win the fight, but who cares? Archetypes Try to match an archetype to your hero. Is the character a prince? Archetypes have been used in psychology to get a greater sense of a person.
An archetype can help you envision an entire range of things that will help you in creating the character.Issue Archive / Lacey Baker is the skate hero we’ve all been waiting for. Lacey Baker is the skate hero we’ve all been waiting for.
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