Characters just sort of “come to me,” I guess. I usually get broad ideas of the characters I want. I realize things like, “There should be a comic relief character here, maybe he’s a jock.” Then I try to make the characters more complex by giving them different traits; it helps if they seem to conflict with the character’s core personality. For example, in the pilot I’m working on we have a very typically feminine teenager, but she’s also incredibly into engineering. In real life people often have traits that conflict with stereotpyes and clichés, so I try to do the same with my fictional characters. Their names are usually fairly difficult to come up with, I just keep tossing different ones out there until one feels right.
|Ryan Fortier ~ Goodreads author|