Writing Intelligent Characters (4)

1 Name: Noc and NC : 2011-08-01 20:59 ID:/VhS97l6

When writing, I normally find myself able to make characters as I envision them in my mind without putting any conscious effort into it- aggressive characters, somber characters, playful characters...and intelligent characters. I just read over their parts and think, 'this person is really intelligent!'

But, what if it didn't come so naturally? This thought came to mind for the first time today.

Has anyone ever had trouble writing for a character that was smarter than you were? How does one install genius when they themselves are above average at best? I'm curious to see if anyone has a specific method to overcome this problem, or if this problem even exists.

2 Name: Piccylo : 2011-08-02 09:23 ID:2N2MzW+Y

Writing smarter isn't so hard; it takes research at most. Writing wiser is different. They have experience that I don't, and the only thing I can do to emulate it in writing is lots and lots and lots of thinking.

3 Name: Yemi Hikari : 2011-08-04 01:22 ID:W4fNqPHK

I've never had problems with characterization, truth be told. I tend to shake my head at the people who say that it is impossible to get characterization right and that it is subjectional. Yet, I know that human logic follows certain patterns, and when I see these patterns breaking, it bothers me. So, maybe I don't write it if I don't think it is possible?

4 Name: Naomi Hansen : 2011-08-04 11:36 ID:lci2Jsl9

Like >>3 kind of said, I've noticed, over the years, that certain personality traits often have others that seem to be compatible with each other, and how a character would (generally) behave when you mix a few certain ones together.

But anyway, intelligent characters. First off, I'm of the mindset that everyone is "intelligent," just not always in the stereotypical book-smarts kind of way. But I'm just gonna assume we're talking about that kind of smarts just for the sake of this topic. To me, I don't think it's too hard. One way I make "intelligent" characters is just by making everyone else around them look a little idiotic and/or stupid compared to them. Any other way of doing it, though, isn't exactly something I can really explain, because like >>1, I seem to have a bit of an instinctual ability to make my characters (at least somewhat) smart. shrugs

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