This is really helpful, but can you help me with my character? I don't know what flaws she has.
She is a non human, but she has a human form. Anyway, she's calm, serious, and very straightforward because she was abandon when she was born. She always speaks what on her mind and she's not very forgiving. Although, she does have a kind side and she rarely smiles. She can be cold hearted and arrogant too at times. She does like a guy who is human, but she gets very shy and timid when she's alone with him, but she doesn't let her feelings get in the way if there's something serious going on. She does have grudges too. Also she only cried two times, but she's really good with strategies. She has the knowledge of nature, animals, and archery and swordsmanship.
In the second series, she's changed a lot two and a half years later, but she's still calm, serious, straightforward, and al of those other traits from above, but she still tries not to have grudges. She became very opened to others and is very concern. She always let others speak what's on her mind first before herself. She's still shy and timid when she's around with the guy she likes.
I'd say go through the list twice for each series to see how she's changed as a character.
Be open to possibilities and try to balance the good and bad. (however a character having slightly more negative or positive traits isn't going to kill them).
Right now your character has a lot of positive traits and not as many negative.
Maybe she's good at strategies, but lacks skills in another facet of her life.
Maybe she's good with animals but bad with children, good at archery but her cooking will kill you.
Also keep in mind the setting or your story and the culture. Both can shape a character.
Someone from medieval Europe would be very different than someone from steampunk mars colony.
It can be, yes.
However most of her traits are positive (and I didn't notice and negative physical traits) and the ones that are "negative" are a lot that are given to (usually) stereotypical "bad ass" characters.
This may not be a bad thing, if done right.
Right now all her negative traits are very similar.
Her skill set seems to lack negatives.
Why raised by two different animals?
Did I told you she wasn't human? I'm not sure I did, but yeah, she's not human. She takes on a human form because of her clan. In her clan they take on three forms Human, Part Animal (ears, tail), and full form (Full animal). My character is a gray wolf at birth. Even though her mother was human, but the genes are too strong that can't allow human genetic to pass, but only 0.1% of it, which is the hair color and her appearance as human. Even if they married a human or a member of their clan, the children will end up non human and become any kind of animal that they are meant to be. Meaning if you're born as a lizard, you are a lizard, if your brother is born as a penguin, then he's a penguin.
Anyway, like I said she was abandon by birth, because her mother died from child birth. By this, her father was in grief and gave her punishment by abandoning her to the forest, where nature can do the killing. But it was underestimated. a mother bear came and took her and raised her, herself because the bear lost her cub by a cougar. Three years later, the mother bear died and wolves found her and raised her. A year later, by learning from the wolves, she was found by elves.
I guess you're wondering, why bears, huh? In the book, it stated that her mother had a soul like a bear, meaning she's very motherly and nurturing. Before her mother died, her last words were. "From now on the bears will always protect you no matter what!"
By that her will is inside of her, having the bears will protect her if she's is close to death in battle.
Of course, my character never knew about that because her own father lied to her about her mother loving her. So she assumed her mother never loved her. That causes her to have an unfriendly relationship towards her family.
She believes her older brother is a failure by fate and hates him for being a disgrace for the clan. She is arrogant, has anger issues and can't control her emotions when she gets overly emotional, very stubborn, she's not forgiving, she doesn't even trust people, even if she's related to them, she at times have low self-confidence, which can cause her to have a mental breakdown, she is overly ambitious, which can turn into hubris, if she doesn't control it. She believes having hatred and being a prodigy than her brother will make her strong.
Also think her personality as a wolf. Even though each wolf is different, but they all have something in common. They're very emotional, arrogant thinking they're better than everyone else, they don't trust ppl that easily, stubborn, and can get very angry really easily. Wolves most flaws are arrogance, and emotion. With emotions, they can die easily because they care for each other in their pack.
It was in your first post.
You have an interesting idea for a species there.
Being raised by two different animals could come off as excessive. It really depends on how well you handle it and tie it into the rest of the story.
The anger problem sounds a lot more serious (and better) now that you explained it a bit more.
How come she gets so timid around her love interest though?
Also since she's non-human keep in mind her species traits and culture.
Are there many prejudice on either side?
How may have this affected your character?