Klariza’s How To ✓ Play a Shy Character
Everyone has probably struggled with playing a shy character before. You just don’t know what to do with them, or how to develop them. Maybe this can help you.
There are different kinds of shy characters you say? Indeed there are. You have the shy ones who are scared to talk to new people, the bookworm shy, and then the ones who never want to interact.
Obviously, your character will not be responding to gif starters. They’re far to shy and docile creatures to do so. Instead, make a gif starter for the character. No, you can’t post anything like “Hey guys!”. Why? Because they’re shy. However, you can post something along the lines of, “I think I lost my book..” or “…Um, what was the homework again?” When someone replies, there won’t be a lot of talking on your character’s side. They’ll respond with the minimum needed, a simple “Thank you,” or a simple “Yes.” They won’t ask questions unless they absolutely need to, and tend to avoid talking a lot. They leave that up to the other person. They listen more than they talk. They might stutter, use “Um”, “Uh,” “Er,” and other sounds in their sentences.
Paras are another way of communicating. Start an open para. Have your character sitting at a coffee shop, reading a book, when they spot someone from the roleplay. Have them fall down the stairs. (Ouch, but someone might come to their rescue.) Maybe you want them walking through the hallway when someone bumps into them. Just remember that when they’re talking, they might be talking super fast, or be mumbling.
When roleplaying a shy character and you’re writing a para, you are not going to have them be talking entire paragraphs or have them jumping around with the other person. They’ll be talking quietly. The character might be mumbling, stuttering, talking really fast, or refusing to talk at all. Their responses will be short and to the point, and won’t go into detail.
You have to consider their body language. Some shy folks prefer having their hair in their face, some curve their backs. While talking, they may bite their lips, play with their hands, and they will most probably be looking at the ground. A shy person will almost never look someone in the eyes. They tend to avoid large crowds, and when thrust into one, they might have larger, darting eyes, and will be fidgeting. They’ll have closed off/nervous gestures.
A quiet charrie will also be intent on listening. They’ll nod or shake their heads, or look as though they are thinking. They might get absorbed in their own thoughts, and space out.
A large problem with roleplayers being unable to play a shy character is because they can’t connect with them. You yourself may be really loud and outgoing, and don’t know how to portray someone who is as shy as said character. In this case, think back.
Think of when you had a crush. Were you totally comfortable around them? Or were you nervous and a bit uncomfortable? Did you stutter?
Think of your parents yelling at you. You most likely cowered and felt uncomfortable. If a person is shy, this is what they feel like in a large setting with many people.