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    Do you create characters based off of people you know or from your imagination? If from your imagination, how do you do it?
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    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.

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    Usually people I know. Give them a little twist so they're not identical of course but I write them and all of their following actions so that they're true to the person they're based off of.

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    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.



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    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.
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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?
    Almost always from imagination. Though I may take characteristics I've actually observed IRL. Edit: "inspired by real life" --> which is what all fiction is? Almost all?

    It's always a mix I guess, but I rarely "base" characters I write about on anyone I know. I know many people do this, but to me it just seems kinda...cheap Easy. Just being honest.

    Unless I'm purposely using a lot of tropes, then famous figures and celebrities are always up for grabs.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Why are we ignoring the fact we are writing now?
    I mean fiction, stories.
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    Usually people I know. It feels more intimate and personal that way.
    a little less conversation, a little more action please
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