POLL ROLEPLAY Do Your Characters Control You or You Control Your Characters?

Who's in control when you're writing chars?


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firejay1

The Phoenix
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So, this is a really really old topic on an Iwaku-affiliated site that's now dead, but @WickedWitch and I were discussing it, and I was wondering what Iwaku's current crowd thinks about it.

My characters really seem to have a mind of their own. They often ruin my plans and plots bc they refuse to be anyone but themselves, and I like to joke that making a character sheet is like giving birth, because they often tell me who they are in vibes and logical leaps more than me deciding who they are myself. This does sometimes mean that characters don't "resolve" correctly. Like, y'know a grainy image resolving, and turn out very different from my original plan.

But I know some people are working on giving their characters more autonomy or think the idea of characters doing what they want is crazy. Which one are you?
 

junebug

Karaoke Fiend
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  1. Male
  2. Female
  3. Nonbinary
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Erotica, Dark Fantasy, High Fantasy, Steampunk, Victorian Era
I give my characters full autonomy and tell people it's not me, it's my character haha.
 

Diana

Owl Mom Summer
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  1. Female
MOST of the time I have full control of my characters... but sometimes they go off and do things that weren't part of THE PLAN and thus ruin everything and I have to somehow pick up all the pieces. D:<
 

FenFren

- Lesbian - She/They - “ ree “
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  1. Give-No-Fucks
  2. Intermediate
  3. Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
  1. Male
  2. Primarily Prefer Male
  3. No Preferences
Genres
Romance ✨
I can’t control what they do, I have something planned and then they’ll do the exact opposite
 
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PrideAscending

Edgepeasant
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Preferred Character Gender
  1. Male
  2. Primarily Prefer Male
My lot sometimes like to play by the rules, and other times it's "Rules? What Rules?" And chaos reigns. *shrugs* They do their own thing.
 

PavellumPendulum

in the name of whoever you believe you need
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Preferred Character Gender
  1. No Preferences
Genres
Romance, modern, high fantasy, comedy, post-apocalyptic.
My characters do their own thing. They're my kids. I birthed them but I don't control them.
 

Jenamos

elegance is more important than suffering
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Slice-of-Life, Gothic, Horror, Fantasy
I always want better for my characters than they seem to want for themselves lol
 

Fluffy

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It varies. I can't promise much consistency due to my chaotic life.
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  1. Male
  2. Female
  3. Nonbinary
  4. Transgender
  5. Primarily Prefer Male
Genres
Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Superpowers, Drama. Also, romance is required with me because I will get bored without it.
I would say half-and-half. I feel like I'm in full control until I hit an unexpected situation in their development. Something considerably life-changing for them. Enough of a change to make me write them a little differently. I try to ask myself what the character would want or do, versus what I have in mind.
 

RebirthSurrender

Edgenoble
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a lot
Writing Levels
  1. Intermediate
  2. Adept
  3. Advanced
  4. Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
  1. Male
Genres
Yaoi, Gay, Kpop, Fantasy, Magic, Horror, Drama, Angst
My characters do their own thing, they talk I just write their story lol. I have no control over them at all
 

Nemopedia

Chaotic Lawful
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  1. No Preferences
We negotiate. Sometimes. Most times it are just arguments and me going: okay, fine, I will make it work. 🙄