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Reception Area Figuring out how to role-play or even develop a character can be a little daunting. Visit the reception area for some assistance!

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Old 02-03-2022, 05:21 PM
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Default What Do You Include in Your Character Bios?

Most of us have created a character biography at one time or another. Whether they are simply the basics or have extensive details, character bios help other members know who characters are and can enhance interaction with their own characters.

When creating a bio for your character, what do you tend to include? Do you have just a basic outline, such as their birthdate and physical appearance? Or do you like to also include details about their personality like little quirks or their MBTI info? Do you write out an extensive history for your character or include a basic timeline of important events? Do you add extras like song lyrics?

Whether you keep your bios simple and sweet or packed with details, let’s discuss what you like to include and why those things are most important to you!
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I used to (try to) make my bios somewhat extensive, with a lengthy history/background and updating as new things happened. But once I fell off the wagon of updating consistently, I don't think I've ever been able to get back on it After so long, it felt like there was so much that I needed to update that was overwhelming, so I just didn't do it.

So now I keep my bios a lot simpler, mostly sticking to the basic info like name, birthdate, magical heritage, wand, education, work experience, family, etc. Sometimes I include likes/dislikes and other things if they're relevant, like if they've cast a corporeal patronus or what their boggart would be. And I do often like to include at least their MBTI type, just to give a bit of a basic foundation to their personality, even if it might change later.

And sometimes I do include some background to the character, though I've also become fond of the timeline setup for the history portion. I've seen some other character bios that use it and I think it's really cool.
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I used to (try to) make my bios somewhat extensive, with a lengthy history/background and updating as new things happened. But once I fell off the wagon of updating consistently, I don't think I've ever been able to get back on it After so long, it felt like there was so much that I needed to update that was overwhelming, so I just didn't do it.

So now I keep my bios a lot simpler, mostly sticking to the basic info like name, birthdate, magical heritage, wand, education, work experience, family, etc. Sometimes I include likes/dislikes and other things if they're relevant, like if they've cast a corporeal patronus or what their boggart would be. And I do often like to include at least their MBTI type, just to give a bit of a basic foundation to their personality, even if it might change later.

And sometimes I do include some background to the character, though I've also become fond of the timeline setup for the history portion. I've seen some other character bios that use it and I think it's really cool.
I share this sentiment as well, from having extensive bios in the past to now having more condensed ones. Since I enjoy reading extensive histories on others' bios I would attempt to replicate this by including their upbringing, magical abilities, and updating yearly (IC) on what they had been up to... I mean, I still do this with certain characters at times but I now save this to be for their wikia page primarily. I get distracted halfway through writing the history that I need multiple breaks at times.

I guess the proper way for me to describe it is I try to build a foundation to start with (Basic Info, School/Work & Family history), and then after that's taken care of I can experiment on the design and add more details to it overtime.
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For my bios, I'd always include basic info: appearances, family, education and work. I like to keep my bios as detailed as possible because it can come in handy if I need to go back and remind myself of some aspect of my characters' lives. For that reason, recently I began making jottings of events that took place in their lived for each year they're around. In addition to that, whenever I figure a new detail out about their personality, I would add it in right away.
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