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    I found out about this place while looking for places to share characters from my stories: refsheet.net It seems to be a place where you can create reference pages with information about your original characters. It doesn't matter if they're for role-playing or writing. To show off an example, here's one I created for my current WIP's protagonist, Itaweret: Itaweret
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    I found this really interesting, it just shows what a squirmy thing a story is and how many ways there are to write it. It's almost strange how anything gets written with all the choices we have. I'm so glad that it helped to switch, and thank you for your advice on trying both characters. You inspired me to write them each a short beginning chapter, and see who brings the most interesting stuff to the table. Thank you! And as for picking a main character that isn't too serious... *High-five* and female... *Double high-five*
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    I struggled with this for my current project. I've worked on different versions of it for about ten years now, and the main character was always Fred or a Jimmy, who comes at a way later date in the overall timeline. When I nailed down what story I wanted to tell first it became clear after two drafts that Fred wasn't the best POV to use. I was too used to writing her as a jaded adult secure in herself and her abilities and she needed to be a child. So I switched to her sister, Taz, and spent three drafts really constructing her base personality because, again, I knew her as an adult, though not as well as I knew Fred. As far as why Taz was the better choice, she has an air of wide-eyed innocence, extreme hope, and love that just spills everywhere. She takes the world in and always finds something to be in awe of, and that's the kind of perspective I needed to filter my world through to the reader. During the whole process I found myself reevaluating Fred through Taz's perspective and it helped me let go of her adult character so I could find out who Fred the child was. Which is good, because she's the main POV of book two. It was a frustrating process a lot of the time, but I think the story came out stronger for it.
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    The very first drafts of my novel were written from a character which barely turns up in my latest draft, I was getting so worked up and stuck that at one point I wondered whether switching POV to a secondary character which I liked was better... and it helped SO much. The story has moved away from what it was but now it is so much stronger for it. You can always write a section from a different POV character to see how it feels but it not be in te actual draft 🙂 As for interesting characters... I guess I like to follow characters who aren't too serious, other than that I'm not too sure! I think I lean towards preferring female MCs and I also write more female MCs than the others.
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    I read maybe 50% outside the Fantasy area, but my choice of books almost always tie in with what I'm working on at the moment (which is always fantasy). I recently read "Dear Leader. My Escape from North Korea" by Jang Jin-Sung, which was so interesting and also heart-wrenching. It's been on my TBR-shelf for a while, but now when I'm looking into Dystopia I finally read it, because seriously, North Korea... Very Orwellian. Basically, I read a lot to inspire my own writing these days. I have favorite fiction writers I go back to again and again because of their style and descriptions. I always look for ways to make descriptions interesting. I'm kind of a sparse writer, and discriptions are not my favourite thing to do, but I constantly work to make them less boring for me (and hopefully for the reader). I also get inspired by the amount of storytelling joy or energy I see in the text. If I can sense that they had fun when they wrote the story, that tickles my own storytelling bone. Annie Proulx, George Saunders, Wodehouse, Noir-writers, Anne Tyler are a few (mostly) non-fantasy writers who tick those boxes for me. George Saunders write a lot of strange stuff though, some stories are kinda fantasy/sci-fi.
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