So, I have been working on making my original character (OC) for quite a while now. It’s not about how I want him to look like but more about the things surrounding him as a character.
I have been struggling with giving him a backstory that makes sense. When I first drew him, I didn’t even think about developing a story around him but my friend suggested that an OC remains incomplete without a story. A story will help people connect with him more.
I started doing some research, my friend was helping me by thinking of occupations he could have. I settled with florist because I happen to draw him wearing flowers one time. But that sent me into the spiral of thinking why a florist. What’s the significance behind that and how I can world build around it?
For now, I have named him ‘Saeran’. My friend suggested it! We heard it first in an otome game called ‘Mystic Messenger’. On looking up the name a bit more, I found out that in Korean the name has the meaning of ‘powerful chaos’ while in Irish it means ‘Noble’. I am happy with the name but if the world I put him in requires it, I am willing to change his name to match his personality a bit more.
Now let’s talk about the actual area I am struggling in. The world building. I have a basic idea of what the role of my OC is and also the environment and circumstances that have led him to become a part of such scenario but I have reached a dead end when it comes to evolving the world all this takes place in. Sorry for being vague but I want to keep my idea a secret till I actually publish something about it.
His life prior to his current situation holds a big part of the entire plot. And is of big importance for understanding their world. However, I am stuck at finding the right push for my characters. Another important aspect is building the people my character relies upon in his hometown. And building their characters is a very crucial part in the overall story.
Right now, I am trying to look into mythological beliefs and the lives of people who used to live way before all of us. Because my story relies greatly upon the existence of beings of higher power, I think taking inspirations from part of our world of myths and legends is an initial step but not at all something I can full on adapt. Owning to the fact that my world showcases remnants of magical properties in humans as well as the other worldly beings.
What do you think I should do? Where do you think I should look for for more inspiration? I am kinda stuck at this point for a long while now.
If you wanna have a look at what my OC looks like, you can find it on my Instagram. I’ll probably post about him more soon, along with his pictures, here!
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