Little things that you can add to your pre-written character bios that hook the reader - even if RPC/H/A/W’s say it makes your RP look bad.
Okay, let me say right off the bat that that sounded like I was indirectly calling someone out. I’m not. It’s just a running theme I’ve seen in bios that either get overlooked or negatively commented on in reviews.
Keep in mind that these are my own personal opinions on the subject at hand. You get to make up your own mind about it, but this is here to help if you need it.
Recent Tweets -
You want your character to seem human, right? Humans tweet. Humans use facebook. Humans update their status too many times a day even when they don’t have anything new to share or anything that anyone would really care to read.
So, you’ve picked out a few twitter handles for your characters to lay claim to, and you’re writing up a few tweets to add to the end of the bio. But, why does this stand out to people? Because we have twitter.
It can easily help to show the personality of the character being written and how they interact with people. I know I do/say things on the internet that I wouldn’t in public. I’m sure you do as well. This is a good way to show a glimpse into the mind of the character. Give your future roleplayers a taste of the character they will be playing.
If they come off as cocky while tweeting someone, that information could be great for an in character para sample when they bump into someone on the street. It gives you a feel of how they treat people and how they feel they can act.
More often than not, if you’re creating a character in a roleplay set in a town/city where there is a central location, people are bound to have met before. It doesn’t have to be everyone in the roleplay automatically knows everyone else, but unless your character has just moved from another city, state, or even country, they are going to know someone.
Why? Humans thrive on interaction. It’s like when you’re on facebook and someone is in the midst of a heated fight on a status. Sit back, grab the popcorn, and enjoy the show. It’s nice when you come into an RP to have people that your character can immediately be comfortable with, especially if you’re new to roleplaying and aren’t sure where to begin.
Song Lyrics -
If you say that you don’t have a favorite song, I’ll call your bluff. Even if you ‘aren’t into music’, there are still songs that get into your mind and make you sing, dance, or tap your toes to the beat.
In my opinion, this is by far the most important thing you could add to the biography aside from the actual information itself. It gives you a connection, a little bit of understanding to what the character may have gone through.
Let’s say the lyrics are “Don’t you remember I’m your baby girl? / How could you push me out of your world / Lied to your flesh and your blood / Put your hands on the ones that you swore you loved?" from For The Love of a Daughter by Demi Lovato. If I saw a bio with these lyrics as a quote, I would be instantly hooked and want to read more about that character because I have been that daughter on the edge of breaking down because of her father. That song brings about specific emotions and feelings that could be very useful in writing.
Adding song lyrics to the beginning of a bio or in lieu of the typical ‘biography’ and ‘personality’ headers can show more emotion than any romantic word in the dictionary. Songs are meant to invoke emotion and pairing them up with a character that relates to that will help to connect that character’s future role-player with the bio. If you have a connection to the song and so does the character, it’s a bit of personal experience (Remember all those 5th grade English lessons about text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections? This is where that comes into play in your personal life.) and it can help you to connect with the character you play, giving you much more room to let them grow and develop.