Now, this post is almost just a flimsy excuse to post this image (as twitpic seemed to be all like “AJSHFDKJAFSHKJFSH-dead-”) but while I’m on the subject, I may as well write a more involved post about it, eh?
Relationship Charts, Why Bother?
To put it bluntly, you probably shouldn’t. However, if you are into RPing (or in my case, writing) they can be quite useful to help figure out what characters think of each other, and have it in a nice graphical representation that you can frame and put on your wall (although why you’d bother (with the framing) is beyond my comprehension).
Okay! But How?
The easiest way to make one is to think of a metaphorical center for the chart. Lets say, for example, it’s your main (for the non-RPers, just pick something, I don’t know/care). Put their name down somewhere in the the center of the page. Now think of as many meaningful (and that’s the important part) other characters as you think you’ll need, and write their names around the page.
You might want to organize them by some sort of criteria (eg, genetic ties, faction, gender, whatever) the main thing is that you have enough room to put the relationship between the central character and the outer characters. It doesn’t matter if the other people are sisters, brothers, comrades (with each other), the only important information is the relationship between the main character and each other node on the chart (or if you want to be even less awesome, graph).
You Know, You’ve Written Heaps Considering You Don’t Really Care About The Words.
Not really a question, but I just tend to get on a roll, other part of my personality.
Dude, You’re Wrecking The Illusion, Eh?
I hate you sometimes, you know that, me?
Hey, I’m the One Asking The Questions Here.
Ha! Anyway, if you didn’t follow the link at the top of the post (look for ‘this image’) I’ve embedded a tiny version of it below. Click it to see the big-ish sized version.