The way that I come up with characters is usually by reading TV Tropes. Usually, whatever index I'm Archive Bingeing
on has little or nothing to do with characters, and an idea for a character utilizing those will usually just come to me. I came up with the first version of my protagonist, Matthias, when I was reading about Parental Issues
- he started out as a seventeen-year-old boy who was Promoted To Parent
after his father died in a plane crash. His godfather, Kiyoi, came to me after I consolidated four different oneshot characters I used for writing assignments into one person, and he became a pragmatic assassin after I fell in love with Darker Than Black
. So in other words, go out, Archive Binge
, meet new people, and try watching different shows and reading different stories. Seriously, you never know where an idea could hit you.
And one more thing- if you're a younger author (like junior high school age) your characters will inevitably evolve as you grow and experience new stuff, which may be the reason why my story is still in the Unpublished Works
. Yeah, those two guys I mentioned above? I made them in 2008, when I was a seventh grader. Currently, they're nothing
like from where they started.
We've got a solve for that.