I'm going to write a short story about a Roman soldier as soon as I finish this blog post. I'm going to handwrite it and not let myself on the computer until it's at least halfway done. I don't have any homework, and the rest of my night is free, and this is a story I've been meaning to write for a while. If it goes well, I might post some of it up here.
In the twelve minutes before 8:00 PM (when I've decided that I'll start the short story) I'll try to answer another meme question.
How Do You Create Your Characters? Describe your Process.
Eleven minutes might not be long enough for this question.
It depends on the character is the shortest, simplest answer. Most of the time, I have an idea, and the character blossoms from that. My newest character, Phaedrus Heron, is the character in the short story I was just talking about. With him, I wanted to write a story about a soldier who painted a fly on his shield. That's all I had. I knew that I wanted him to be either Greek or Roman, and that he would be a guy, but I don't know anything else about him. I got his name from a random name generator on Behind the Name. So his process isn't finished yet, and I'll learn more about him as I write.
Daniel 'Roulette' Gray is one of my favorite characters. I've only ever used him for a role play, so his process was different from the characters that I create knowing that they're going to be in a longer piece. Originally, I just wanted a character to be named Roulette, because it's one of my favorite words. I'm somewhat obsessed with crime, so I thought it would be cool if that was his street name. He wasn't going to be a WWI veteran or a carnie until I was looking for a picture of him on the internet for the hell of it. I only bother to look for pictures of my RP characters, because some of my partners like having them and I think it's fun. This is the picture I found:
So I went with the theme of the picture. He became a Ringmaster of a traveling circus, living in the Great Depression. This is about the furthest from what I thought he would become as I can imagine. Originally, he was supposed to be scruffy and dark: brunette hair, black eyes, tattooed, and a drug lord.
As he is now, he's a rather murderous dude, but I love him and he's one of the only RP characters I have that I think can carry their own longer work.
I could explain the reasoning behind all of my characters, but I only have three minutes, so I'm going to wrap it up here. I guess, if you guys are curious, I could go into detail about my other characters, but I won't force that on you. =P