This post is for describing my character so I can link it to the CALD guide. If you want to tell us about your character(s) in detail then follow a similar format to this post and I can add your character to the examples.
My character is Nova. He’s a thirteen or fourteen year old boy created to help me have lucid dreams. In creating him I choose several traits and ideas that would make him the perfect CALD character for me. I made his personality endearing, he puts a lot of effort into the things he does. I made him innocent and gentle, which would make him easy to work with and I gave him the body to match.
Originally he had blond hair and blue eyes. His clothing was poorly defined and nothing really stuck. So I looked to pictures of real people for inspiration. It wasn’t even an hour after I first came up with him that I stumbled upon an image of a boy. Nova became that boy, brown hair and brown eyes with a fleecy green hoodie and a goofy grin. After that Nova became incredibly easy for me to visualize and it became a lot easier to talk to him.
His background is non existent. I decided not to make up a fictional background for him so as far as he was concerned he was simply a character created to help me with CALD. He didn’t have a problem with that at all and we haven’t looked back since.
His name comes from a slightly similar character I created some time before that I planned to use in a short story. I never wrote the story so the character remained hollow. I gave Nova the powers this character had, the power to control fire. For the first few weeks Nova flaunted his fire powers all the time. Since then they have expanded to control over everything. While he still uses fire at times he can walk through walls, sink into floors and summon objects just by thinking it. If it can be visualized then he can do it.
Nova was “born” on the 16th of May 2012 and I regret nothing about the decision. Between then and now I have had seven short lucid dreams including my first one and my dream recall has never been better. I have learned so much about myself and the way I think and now I have a new buddy whenever I need someone to talk to.
I just hope that by writing this guide I can help someone else to achieve a lucid dream or perhaps learn something about themselves they might never have considered before.