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Just Can't Picture Things Vividly!! D:

Does anyone have a difficult time picturing their characters or their settings? I have a photograph of a female's face, but I just cant picture the face in the photos on my character's body...I can't even fully picture her body, haha! And, I know her house is on the beach, but I just can't picture the appearance of the house. D: Anyone else have this problem? Honestly, I act out my daydreams a lot of the time, so vividly seeing them is hard sometimes! It is frustrating, but I do not think I am alone with this. I can't be. Heeelp! Haha!

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Comment by The1andonlyAbber on February 17, 2014 at 9:52am
OH MY GOODNESS I HAVE A SIMILAR PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!!! I can always imagine what everything is like, the exact layout/ geography of all the places in my daydreams, and the exact sensations me and my characters feel when we do things like swim or climb mountains, but I have so much trouble picturing stuff! I'm pretty good at drawing, so I have a sketchbook where I draw out some things and that helps me picture them. You should try that, too. It helps a lot.
Comment by Jennifer on December 21, 2013 at 9:04pm

@Ashlee and Antigone: 

Guess what I found?! If you can't find anymore photos of your characters, are creating characters on Rock Band, or just plain can't vividly picture the faces of your characters, try Bitstrips!! It's a fun, safe way to create characters, outfits, and scenes. I have been having so much fun with it. Try it! --> http://bitstrips.com/create/character/

(You need an account, but it's totally worth creating one. it's free, so why not? :P) 

Comment by Jennifer on December 21, 2013 at 9:01pm

Hi Ashlee! 

Really? Wow! So glad you said that, because I have a character named Tiffany, and I based her appearance off of a Barbie doll I used to have but threw away as I got older. 

Comment by ashlee on December 4, 2013 at 8:44am

i had a character i based off a doll i saw when i was seven. the dolls eyes were really big compared to the rest of her face so my character looked weird with other people cause she had eyes what were as big as half her face. i actually still have that character but shes older and still has big eyes but im just kinda used to it.

i know your characters in a band i think you said.......if you have rockband or guitar hero 4 or 5 try creating characters on there lol! i made some of my characters in rockband once cause the clothes were accurate and i play as them sometimes (im lame LOL). but i think on guitar hero you can customize the face more. im actually sad cause when rockband 2 came out you could go on there website and order figurines of characters you made, with the same clothes and everything. i wished i thought of that back then i would have bought those!! sorry i just i started rambling....

or find another person who kinda looks like your character from a tv show or something (id say from that photo you should watch LA ink and watch kat von d or something) and kinda watch there mannerisms and how they walk and laugh or whatever. then use that person but with your characters apperance. i do that sometimes

Comment by Antigone on December 3, 2013 at 8:48pm

It's infuriating when you can't find more pictures!! I have a ton of folders labeled with each of my characters' names and pictures. Oooh, sorry. I'm not sure if it's safe or not. I'm a bit technologically challenged! Stay safe!

Comment by Jennifer on December 3, 2013 at 8:22am
Thanks, Ms. Antigone!! I truly appreciate your comment. Yes, you are correct; I once found this stock photo on Google of this Gothic girl, and I can't figure out the models name. So, all I have is this one photo to base the appearance of my main character off of. IMVU is a great idea!! Thanks for sharing that. Is it safe? I hope it doesn't leave viruses on your computer.
thanks again! I appreciate your help. :-)
Comment by Jennifer on December 3, 2013 at 8:19am
Oh my gosh, it's amazing. I am not the only one!! I appreciate all of the answers, thank you to all of you. I am glad to know that I am not the only one who struggles with this. I, too, mostly focus on the conversations between characters, the emotions, and the events in my plot. I honestly can't see anything as clearly as I'd love to. Thanks again, friends!
Comment by Michelle Young on December 3, 2013 at 7:51am

I wish I could "see" my world better than I can. I also have deep focus on the conversations and feelings of my characters. When I can find a real life person who could play the part of one of my characters (usually an actor or actress), that can help me to visualize a little bit better. Sometimes I can picture places, and sometimes it is more difficult. 

Comment by Clouds on December 2, 2013 at 6:35pm

I totally know what you MEANS D;

I'll logically plan out a building or setting but it's just so hard to picture if it's somewhere I haven't been IRL, like in the mountains or a futuristic world!!! D;

Comment by MatthewR on December 2, 2013 at 2:11pm

I think there's a difference between the "content" of the conversation and the particulars of the characters who are in it (i.e. what they are wearing, how they react, what kind of accent they have, the drama of the physical interaction). I honestly think it's my greatest weakness that i have trouble writing real conversations. Most of my dialogue is composed of one-liners. In fact, i tend to avoid dialogue in my drafts. I know some people do the exact opposite, and write mostly dialogue. Maybe it's a personality thing?  

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