Cake wrote:How do you realign a character with their original intent if you've gotten off character, or better yet how can you tell when you've gotten away from your concept in a way that is unnatural.
I've had to sit on this for a while, and I'm still not sure I'll be able to add anything helpful. I'm a 'method'
RPer. My characters, to me, aren't collections of words and quirks and descriptions, they're people. As such, I don't worry about my characters acting OOC. They literally can't. By definition anything they do is in-character, because they're doing it, and there's a reason for them doing it that isn't just me typing.Obvious made up scenario:
For instance, let's say I'm playing Captain Jack (Dr. Who/Torchwood), and in today's scene Jack doesn't hit on everything breathing. OOC behavior, right? Well, no. You see, he's being followed by a robot assassin, and he's busy trying to stay alive. Now maybe the robot assassin doesn't show up in this particular scene
, but it's in the back of my head that he's been dealing with it for the past However Long and thus, his libido is squashed. Jack's behavior is IC. (Maybe the assassin is part of a larger plot. Maybe it's just something I decided would happen off-camera. Doesn't really matter.)
Does that make sense? It goes back to knowing my characters' motivations. It may not come out in the scene that "there's a robot assassin following me", or "my crops got eaten by Thread", or "I just made an awesome pot of klah", but all of those things will affect your character, and thus, the scene. I find that if I don't
have a good grasp on my character then that's when the problems start.
(Edited for clarification.)