First of all, I freely admit that what I say isn't gospel. I am a total amateur at art and writing. I've learned everything that I know via the internet and a few drawing books. It's just that I appreciate all of the tutorials here on dA that have helped me out, and I want to put a little bit of my own methods back in.
First things first; I have a quick, but essential assignment for you. Read the following three sentences below, out loud:
A weird name does not a unique character make.
A weird name does not a memorable character make.
A weird name does not a good character make.
Say it. Say it twice. Say it three times if you must. I wish someone had made me do it years ago. You must remember that the reason that I write these tutorials isn't because my writing is super-duper-perfect now. It's because it used to be absolutely ATROCIOUS, just plain awful. I've made most, if not