MarkyRPH's Guide: How to Play a Character with Anger Issues
As requested, here is a guide on how to write a character with anger management issues, as well as a little bit on anger in general. I am not an expert in any of this, so this is all only research and I apologize if any of this is wrong. Feel free to give this a like or reblog if it helped.
I had this posted on my previous account before I deleted it and just thought I should repost it. There’s over 1000 adjectives sorted in two different ways, alphabetical and type (ex. taste, color, sound)
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HOW TO BRING OUT ~FEELINGS~, A GUIDE:
- Express emotion through action. Try not to use things like ‘she felt sad’ - your reader has no real grasp what kind of sad it is. Try to show emotion by what they do and how they react, not state it.
- Express emotions through setting. I’ve said this many times before, but how your character views their surroundings is highly affected by their emotional state. A normal hallway can suddenly become too big, or too narrow. The shifting light might make things look friendly or frightening. Don’t forget the surroundings.
- Don’t be afraid to let dialogue take over. In a lot of scenes, it’s okay to be dialogue heavy. Don’t worry so much about how they say it - focusing on what they say can help the character get a read on how they feel.
- You don’t have to cover everything. Your characters might not know how they feel at the time. More emotion can come out later, when they’ve had a chance to really think about it.
Based on the questions I get I know that a lot of non-male writers struggle with developing and writing male characters. There’s no straight-forward guide to writing a male character, but I can offer some insight based on what I read.
I’ve noticed that a lot of male characters, no matter who wrote them, tend to have a lack of insecurities. More accurate would be to say that lots of male characters have a lack of insecurities that are not related to a physical skill or leadership, especially when these male characters have a major role in the story.
If you have trouble developing your male characters, give them insecurities beyond not being able to fulfill their prophecy or not being able to hit a home run.
As with all characters, insecurities should impact your character’s behavior, thoughts, and decisions. Integrate their securities into their being. If your character doesn’t like the way they look or if they don’t like their body, their body language should reflect that when talking to people (such as avoiding eye contact, looking down, crossing their arms, etc.). Some insecurities will have greater impacts than others. They might even create conflict for your character or prevent them from resolving an issue.
When it comes to male characters it’s important to show that males can have certain insecurities without being “less male” because of it. More than a few times have I had writers ask if a certain trait is unrealistic for a male character because it’s “unmanly”. So if you ever think a certain trait or insecurity is “inaccurate” for a male character, ignore that feeling and write it.
However, a male character hiding insecurities can be accurate (especially among children and teenagers) because not being a masculine male makes you a target, but that’s a discussion for another day.
Anyway, here are some insecurities I don’t typically see in male characters:
- Appearance & Perception: I rarely see this one. If I do see it, the author never goes into detail or the insecurity is about something quite small. Most of the time male characters mention it once and then forget about it for the rest of the story. I almost never see male characters insecure in the way others perceive them, which does not always relate to appearance (e.g. their voice or the way they walk).
- Fears and Phobias: Having a fear or phobia of something other than “what if I don’t defeat the antagonist” or “what if my actions end up hurting/killing my friends” is nearly absent from male characters. They’re never afraid of themselves dying or of anything that could prevent them from achieving a goal.
- Self Worth: Again, most of the insecurities in male characters that relate to self worth are about being a good leader or fulfilling a prophecy. Explore other options. Maybe your character thinks he’s not a good son or that he’s a terrible friend.
If the abilities are hinted at and if the readers know your character has some kind of ability, then no, it’s not a deus ex machina. It would be a deus ex machina if there was no indication whatsoever that your character has abilities prior to this moment.
If you post it online or if you self publish you can warn readers on whatever website your story is on, but if you publish traditionally there’s no way to warn everyone who reads your book. You can only put warnings on your blog/website.