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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
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    Why are we ignoring the fact we are writing now?
    I mean fiction, stories.
    But Victor is just a figment of our imagination, after all.
    I've been called a criminal, a terrorist, and a threat to the known universe. But everything you were told is a lie. The truth is, they've taken our freedom, our home, and our future. The time has come for all humanity to take a stand...

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    I tend to avoid characters altogether ^^ I can get really lost within descriptive text so that people don't seem necessary. I find dialogue really hard to do, anyway. I remember vividly when I was 10, taking the Castaway plot (Tom Hanks) and just running with it for a good few pages without any dialogue whatsoever, hardly even an inner monologue (I realise in a longer story you would need some kind of inner conflict though).

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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Do you create characters based off of people you know or from your imagination? If from your imagination, how do you do it?
    It tends to be a blend of both for me.

    I try my best to make it as wholly imagined as possible with a swirl of someone from real life to lend them that extra bit of soul.

    I find it too restrictive to try and base a written character off of someone I know... plus, you never know what may happen to that person... Funny story! In college I took a writing class for short stories. I was dating a guy at the time that I cared enough about, I tossed him into the main character role of my story. Then he breaks up with me on my birthday. I was very upset, to put it mildly, and had this dumb story to finish for my class. So.... I ended up changing a few details and made him end up miserable and alone. Revenge is a dish best served on paper.

    The End.

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    You won't find me bucking the trend that seems to be developing in this thread. There are times when I feel utterly compelled to slip someone I know into my cast of characters. At other times, I sip happily from the flowers of my imagination.

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    Imagination people: where does it come from? How do you develop them from nothing? I sometimes make up stories, but the characters seem to have to be like people I know, or actual people I know, and I guess I prefer writing creative nonfiction or poetry.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffywolf View Post
    I try to be original but then realize that is impossible. I think most of my characters are a mix of attributes from several characters or people I know. I'm even influenced by MBTI.
    That is interesting. So do you think that a character will be an ISTJ or whatever and then describe how you imagine an ISTJ would react to the situation?

    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    It's a mix, really. I usually start with the basic idea of the story, just a few sentences. From that I identify a very broad sketch of the main characters, again just a sentence or two. Then I flesh out the protagonist with traits from myself or people I know, and write a one page biography of him. Then I'll build the other characters in relation to the protagonist, and let the details of the plot come from the way these characters interact.
    Quote Originally Posted by JocktheMotie View Post
    Imagination. I tend to first identify the character's roles and mechanical reasons for being in the story, and then build them around that functionality, flesh them out in a particular way that's important, ascribe to them certain traits that'd make sense for their role.
    You guys seem to have kind of similar styles.

    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    When I write, I picture scenes happening and I just go with it. I have to be in the right mood. I don't think about it too hard. If my mood is right, it just flows.
    Ha I feel that way about a lot of creative stuff, or just kind of make stuff until you get through the block or do something else until you feel ready or something.

    Quote Originally Posted by Saturned View Post
    It tends to be a blend of both for me.

    I try my best to make it as wholly imagined as possible with a swirl of someone from real life to lend them that extra bit of soul.

    I find it too restrictive to try and base a written character off of someone I know... plus, you never know what may happen to that person... Funny story! In college I took a writing class for short stories. I was dating a guy at the time that I cared enough about, I tossed him into the main character role of my story. Then he breaks up with me on my birthday. I was very upset, to put it mildly, and had this dumb story to finish for my class. So.... I ended up changing a few details and made him end up miserable and alone. Revenge is a dish best served on paper.

    The End.
    Haha take that GUY.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    But Victor is just a figment of our imagination, after all.
    Here of course we are writing about writing rather than writing. Why is this? It is because we are terrified of the moment, we are afraid of our feelings as they arise, so we distance ourselves by writing about them.

    But our readers can smell our fear and despise us for it.

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    I don't need to write to distance myself from my feelings.

    My fictional characters usually start as a seed of something I have seen - either a real person, or a preexisting character - but then soon take on a life of their own.
    I've been called a criminal, a terrorist, and a threat to the known universe. But everything you were told is a lie. The truth is, they've taken our freedom, our home, and our future. The time has come for all humanity to take a stand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    My fictional characters usually start as a seed of something I have seen - either a real person, or a preexisting character - but then soon take on a life of their own.
    It is not something you control?
    Your kisses, sweeter than honey. But guess what, so is my money.

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    I control the start, as in broadly defining what role I want the character to fill (e.g. Jack's next door neighbor). As I start to flesh him/her out, it becomes almost like a negotiation. A character I envisioned as perhaps very quiet and waiflike in appearance will start to bluster through my imagination with good-natured bravado. I can force him back into my original vision, but often I follow the lead and see where it goes, and how to use it. The original waif may show up elsewhere.
    I've been called a criminal, a terrorist, and a threat to the known universe. But everything you were told is a lie. The truth is, they've taken our freedom, our home, and our future. The time has come for all humanity to take a stand...

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    Ha cool.
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