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Oh, another tip. Sometimes when I'm stuck trying to build a character's morality, I use the D&D alignment system to start.

Pick Good, Neutral, or Evil.

Most characters will want to sit in the middle ground of these, so they will generally be Neutral Good, True Neutral, or Neutral Evil. Figure out when and why they might dip or dive into the Lawful or Chaotic ends of this spectrum.

Then you've got characters that have their own spectrum of possible actions based on personal morality. Lies can never be Lawful Good. Compromise can never be Chaotic Evil. Aside from that, I think every action can fall anywhere on the scale, but it will be tinted by the character's basic morality.
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not something iv ever really give much thought to. most of my char.s are draw from bits and pieces of real or other works of fiction. like a big parts draw of stuff, i assemble them from my memories and impressions as i need.
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basically what i do is go with the flow make a character look at the other characters and make them as different to the others as you can
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What I recommend is going online and looking at a list of a million or so character quirks, and picking one or a few that you like but don't see too often.
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You should first decide what is the thing that is driving the story. Will it be the plot, the characters, or the setting?

If it's the plot, you should put together a rough outline and then make characters that are not so strange that they completely derail your story.

If the characters are the most important, you should probably base them off the most interesting people you know, preferably damaged people with tons of baggage, but not so damaged that they never do anything interesting. Make sure that the things that each of them wants comes in conflict with the things that the other characters want.

If the setting is the most important thing, the easiest path is to have one or two bland main characters and let the rest of your characters represent some interesting facet of your world.
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morechunch wrote:

Oh, another tip. Sometimes when I'm stuck trying to build a character's morality, I use the D&D alignment system to start.

Pick Good, Neutral, or Evil.

Most characters will want to sit in the middle ground of these, so they will generally be Neutral Good, True Neutral, or Neutral Evil. Figure out when and why they might dip or dive into the Lawful or Chaotic ends of this spectrum.

Then you've got characters that have their own spectrum of possible actions based on personal morality. Lies can never be Lawful Good. Compromise can never be Chaotic Evil. Aside from that, I think every action can fall anywhere on the scale, but it will be tinted by the character's basic morality.



I use the manga matrix system to create charaters for the manga I draw. You are talking about a novel, but they can also be used for novels there are two great books on manga matricies. Another tip i hope is helpful is to think of accepted norms and do the opposite. Going with what you said in your post. Why can lies be moral or lawful? Its a story you a writing, and its your world. The rules as to what is and is not lawful, and what is and is not moral are designated by you.

Here are the links to the books:
http://www.amazon.com/Manga-Matrix-Create-Characters-Japanese/dp/0060893419/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420691610&sr=8-1&keywords=manga+matrix

http://www.amazon.com/Super-Manga-Matrix-Hiroyoshi-Tsukamoto/dp/006114990X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1420691610&sr=8-2&keywords=manga+matrix


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