Before you begin your new story, take a little time to create fresh new characters that are your own. Using someone else’s well-established formula will only brand you as a hack with potential editors.
Think of yourself as the Master Planner — this is your story and only your characters are going to fit in it. Custom build them to suit your unique story-world. If you really must use real people you know, then try to disguise that person’s identity as much as possible.
1) Begin by giving your main character (protagonist) a name that you are comfortable working with. Remember, you’ll be with this character for a while, so you should choose a name you at least like.
The name must not only suit the character, but must also be easy on your intended readers. If you decide the name Xzgytgml is the only name that suits your character, bear in mind that the reader is forced to stop and stumble through the unfamiliar word, which means he is no longer engrossed in your story. Aside from this, you’ll also have to write or type this name everytime your character appears.
2) Create a short biography for your new character. You’ll need to decide which physical aspects best suit your protagonist — height, weight, hair and eye color and age. But these alone will not be enough. Consider creating a… read more