Currently Listening To: Scream, by Avenged Sevenfold.
This is how dedicated I am to my blog viewers – I am making a post after a night of Irish pub hopping.
Anyway, so in this post I had discussed how I go about designing my characters physically. However this mostly applied to human characters. What about aliens or other creatures?
Well, the inspiration can come from many sources. Watching TV shows and reading novels of the sci-fi and fantasy genres. Researching animals and some of their amazing abilities. Folklore from different countries and cultures.
I use all of those. I also utilize another source: video games.
Games that take place in some setting other than Earth (or games that involve alien invasions of Earth) will have monsters that are literally out of this world. The concept of “alien” might be completely redefined for you.
Now, this is worth saying again:
Now keep in mind, the point is not to copy characters off of other shows or stories [or video games] (seriously, don’t do that). But rather they can be used as a stepping stone and then you, the author, add your creative touches to them.
Ideas can come from anywhere. Observation is one of your strongest tools as a writer.