Today is Copernicus’s 541th birthday. You may remember Copernicus as the man who said “Hey, what if the Earth went around the sun?” To which the Catholic Church replied “Hey, what if we set you on fire?”
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Anonymous asked: Hello! Do you have any tips or anything on how to play a character with a indifferent/distant nature? Thank you & have a great day!
Hello there! This question has been sitting in my inbox for quite a while, to the point where I’m ashamed of how long it has taken me to get back to you. I’ve had a lot of character portrayal help questions as of late, and I love answering them; but sometimes it takes a little while before I figure out how to advise you. I would like to extend you an apology for the delay, and hope you will still find this useful.
When I’m trying to figure out how to portray a certain type of character, I generally begin by identifying some of their prominent traits, and then figuring out how a person who possesses those traits would act in any given situation.
After having looked through some synonyms and definitions for the words indifferent and distant you mentioned, the key characteristics you will need to take in consideration seem to be apathetic (lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern for something; absence or supression of passion, emotion, or excitement), cold (reserved in relationships), aloof (removed or distant either physically or emotionally), and inattentive or disinterested.
How do you use these traits in your portrayal, then? Well, someone with an indifferent or distant nature would most likely be living in a world of their own, so to speak; not paying any specific attention to what goes on in their surroundings. A character like this would probably be unlikely to take an active role in getting to know people they meet, or forming relationships, for instance; and when they do enter a relationship with someone (be it a friendship, or something of the romantic nature), it will probably take a long time before they open up or reveal that much about themselves. A character like this might also brush off events that might be shocking, surprising, or upsetting to others with nothing but a shrug, and think other people are overreacting. There aren’t many things that will matter to them, which makes it unlikely for them to pour their heart and soul into their job or hobbies. They would not be the type of person to take the first initiative, and will most likely have a passive role in larger groups.
Those are just a few things I could think of regarding the portrayal, however, it’s important to remember that each character is different. They don’t have to take on all of the characteristics mentioned, so be selective; and remember not to build the entire character around just those two traits. While they may be the most prominent personality traits, your character is most likely so much more than that. Mix it up a bit, and make sure to also give them some positive qualities. Also consider the fact that their indifference can be a passing trait, perhaps due to some recent stressor in their life. Again, that would depend on the character’s backstory and how you’ve been developing them.
Your portrayal will also depend on the why: Why is the character distant and indifferent? Is it due to neglect? Have they simply stopped caring after having been disappointed a lot? Are they running on autopilot? Is it a sign of depression? Perhaps it’s a coping method—maybe they have a difficult time trusting people, or maybe they wish to avoid being disappointed by lowering their expectations about the world and the people in it? Or, is your character an introvert who simply comes across as distant to others? Think on their backstory, and try to identify an underlying reason for their behavioral patterns; as that will make your portrayal more three-dimensional.
That’s really all of the advice I could think of right on the spot, however, I’ve collected some links for you that may help you with some additional research you can use when playing the character:
- Fantastically Indifferent on TV Tropes
- Cold People: What Makes Them That Way?
- What Causes People to Be Emotionally Distant?
- What Makes Someone Emotionally Unavailable?
- Traits of Introverts
- How to Be Indifferent
- How Indifference Can Kill a Relationship
I hope this made sense; and that you find it useful to at least some extent.
I used to be like “I wonder what would happen if I set this thing on fire” and since then I’ve learned that more often than not the answer is “it’ll be on fire”
Okay, so, you’re an optimist with depressive tendencies.
the only domestic instinct my parents have managed to pass on to me is the tendency to hoard multiple plastic bags in another plastic bag despite the fact that I will probably never need this many plastic bags in my adult life