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Below are prompts for artists and writers for each day of the week.
Day One: Hello World!
The first thing most will learn about your OC is their appearance. This is how most people recognize each other and give a first impression. But what about that top and bottom is unique to your character?
- Artists: draw your OC in their normal clothes or robes. Label a few key components of their everyday wear that no outfit or ensemble is complete without, or explain the sentimental importance behind one piece of clothing.
- Writers: describe a life event or experience that heavily influences your OC’s appearance, or have your OC monologue about why they wear the type of clothes they do.
Day Two: How Do You Feel?
Now that you understand how your OC looks, it is time to see how they interact with and react to the environment around them. Is the world a place of wonder, or a void filled with nothing but boredom, or a never-ending nightmare of torment, or even a little bit of each? How much of an emotional roller coaster does your OC experience in a day?
- Artists: there are said to be twenty-five essential expressions. Pick the four or five that your OC expresses most often and draw them. For an extra challenge try to convey those same emotions with just body language.
- Writers: have your OC talk about a time where they felt something new that they had never felt before, or tell a story around such an event.
Day Three: You are Not Alone
While not all OCs are human, most creatures crave company of some sort at one point or another. Everybody has at least one friend or person that calms them down almost immediately. Why not your OC?
- Artists: draw your OC with their best friend(s), or family, or doing something that helps to calm them down after a tough day of OCing.
- Writers: does your OC have any regrets, or have they made any mistakes–big or small? Write about the events that lead up to these mistakes or about what causes such regrets. If your OC has no regrets, have them talk about someone they would like to meet in the future.
Day Four: OHHHHHH! We’re Halfway There
Congratulations on making it this far! You should be proud of yourself. Since we are at an in-between stage, why not investigate your OC in transit through life? Keep in mind that ‘moving forward’ isn’t always an immediate or obvious thing.
- Artists: your OC is en route to a new [and exotic] location that they’ve never been to before. How do they pass the time while traveling such a long distance?
- Writers: investigate your OC’s family life by having them talk about their siblings, parents, or extended family. If your OC has no family, either have them monologue about their feelings surrounding the concept of family, or talk about their desire to have–or not have–a family.
Day Five: It’s like Looking into a Mirror
Perception is a fallible thing. It is contingent upon one’s experiences, ideals, and morals, and even the society one is raised in. “I am what I believe others think I am,” to quote Charles Horton Cooley.
- Artists: fandoms tend to misinterpret characters and blow certain traits WAY out of proportion. Draw a misinterpreted “fandom” version of your OC versus how they actually are. For an extra challenge draw them meeting each other. Alternately draw a version of your OC that has had their dominant Chi taken away.
- Writers: have your OC describe how they think they come across to the world. Their perception is not always reliable, and these inconsistencies should reveal the character’s true nature. Alternately write a scene or scenario where your OC’s perception of the world is wrong and lands them in trouble.
Day Six: That isn’t Canon, but This is!
Time is a fluid thing, although most don’t think of it that way. We are all able to transport ourselves backwards and forwards in time by switching between memories of the past, this moment of the present, or by looking towards the future. What happens when your OC is projected through time?
- Artists: draw a version of your OC from the past, near future, or distant present. Does your OC age gracefully, or attain eternal youth? Were they a cute kid, or a potato pearl?
- Writers: write about a childhood memory of your OC’s, or their hopes and dreams for the future, or a version of your OC that has not yet come to pass.
Day Seven (Final): Only 994 More to Go!
The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single footstep. Through the course of this week you have hopefully taken one or more of those steps. Now is the time to keep moving forward. Don’t look back! You haven’t gained enough distance for perspective just yet.
- Artists: draw your OC however you want, now that you know them a little better, or struggling to do something in their daily life, like getting that perfect eyeliner wing, or doing a single back flip, or failing to suplex a boulder just because they can.
- Writers: either write freely about your OC, or write about the events after a particularly difficult struggle (can be emotional or physical). Try not to mention the events of the struggle directly, but focus on how your OC has (hopefully) changed because of this struggle (or not changed).