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Limbless K9 from Oregon is reading Wraeththu October 23, 2011 - 5:39am

The title says it all folks. Out of all of the characters that you have created, which one is your favorite and why? Detailed descriptions are not needed unless you feel like including them. If you are anything like me, you are obsessively paranoid about somebody stealing your idea so a name and a maybe a description of their personality will suffice. 

My favorite character that I have created is Liz. She is a troubled young woman who is addicted to drugs. She doesn't deal with emotions well and has a history of abuse in her relationships and her family life. She sounds like a general character I suppose, but there is a history behind her that is intriguing. At least to me it is. 

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts October 23, 2011 - 6:18am

A lot of times a protaganist fits into the same framework and similar voice, so is basically my go-to character with a new name/new job/new apartment. I think he's me, but fatter and has longer, slicked back hair. And if he's like me, of course I like him better than anyone else.

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. October 23, 2011 - 8:55am

Yeah the novella I'm working on is full of characters that contradict themselves, this was done on purpose of course. I'll mention the now stock character, one character who plays a major role is a drug fiend, and she's a stripper but she's a hippie chick so the character development is pretty cool, it's kind of my go to project when I have writers block so it's a fun experiment. Well all of the characters do drugs though so....

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chickie from Memphis, TN is reading subterranean kerouac October 23, 2011 - 9:52am

My favorite is Icki, a Japanese American gay man who starts out as a hustler and works his way up in the employment of a wealthy, homophobic criminal type.  His job is to provide logistical services for illegal drug manufacturers. Icki is smart, amoral, and has a co-dependent relationship with his boss's alcoholic wife.

He's not me, but we certainly share some traits and he lives(?) in my hometown in southern Oregon.

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter October 23, 2011 - 11:49am

My favorite is Jonah, the protagonist of the novel I'm taking steps toward rewriting.  He's a deceiving compulsive liar with a "God possessed" mother who raised under the influence of God, but his Christian school experience really only taught him to fear God and to only see woman under the terms of the virgin/whore dichotomy.  He believes both have a right to be punished.  He drinks gin on the rocks when he's at home, and martinis when he goes out.  He's in-between jobs, picking up shopping carts and returning them to stores for extra cash.

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts October 23, 2011 - 11:04am

Grin on the Rocks would be a great story title. I steals it.

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter October 23, 2011 - 11:50am

@Reinfield: Fuck, that's probably the best typo I've ever made.

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TwistedPaper from Poland is reading "The Book of the New Sun" by Gene Wolfe & "Seven Wonders" by Adam Christopher October 23, 2011 - 12:13pm

I've got that dealer named Zero, who's working with customers needs : he listens their problems, troubles or desires and after that he's making a custom-made drugs for them. He's a quiet type, obsessed in observing and gaining sense of control. I like to write him as a modern-day shaman. 

My other favourite is a young girl named Nina. When two spoiled rich guys hurts her very bad, she gets her revenge (which involves kiling one of them :) and found tremendous pleasure in making cruel pranks to other  people. She's making a kind of hobby out of that. 

(once again I'm sorry for my english, it's not my native so that's why it looks like drunken sailor babble :P )

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin October 23, 2011 - 2:27pm

His name is Raul.

I was involved in a story-writing game on another forum, an extremely light collaboration game where we were operating in a mutant-emergence plotline similar to Heroes or XMen but without any of the constraints that those two interpretations impose. There wasn't a leader of some co-operating team, we were all just writing out epic fight scenes between superheroes after which everyone retreats and nothing is resolved.

So Raul started out light and fun. A Peruvian superhero who could transmute molecules into different types of matter and was an illegal immigrant in the US. He was also kind of in love with the lost cause of the leftist South American revolutionary tradition, and he spent his time equally creating and distributing gold to the poor and trying to shake the foundations of capitalism.

So he started out, concievably, as something of a villan or terrorist, but when he starts fleeing from state to state with his cute blonde sidekick they start trying to prevent attacks against people from mutants or mutants from people and spent a lot of time trying to do good and unearth conspiracies. And he really developed a lot from where he had begun. The game died, and so a friend and I started working on a Webcomic called Delusions based off of our characters from that game. We have a few chapters drawn up, we have the webspace, but we are stalled out right now for various reasons.


The scizophrenic main character in Citizens is also a good guy. Distributes all of his personal information to spammers on purpose, flees his student loans, hitchhikes into the distance, starts selling crack, that blows up in his face, flees and tries to use the sale of marijuana as a gateway drug to get back into society. He is a nut. And his Shadow has none of his good intentions.

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Alex Kane from west-central Illinois is reading Dark Orbit October 23, 2011 - 2:32pm

The character I'm sketching out right now, who will probably be the protagonist in my first novel. He's a gay death metal guitarist who gets pulled into a war of the supernatural.

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts October 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

Awesome. So basically a Trey Azagthoth biopic?

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Alex Kane from west-central Illinois is reading Dark Orbit October 23, 2011 - 2:50pm

*Googles Trey Azagthoth* ... *YouTubes Morbid Angel*

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig October 23, 2011 - 4:09pm

Jude Campbell. A reformed neo-Nazi that has been to Hell and back and can't escape the guilt of his past. A good man that never feels good enough---but he's funny, a little cocky, and has a big heart.

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Alex Kane from west-central Illinois is reading Dark Orbit October 23, 2011 - 7:38pm

@Renee: Great name, and sounds like an interesting story worth telling.

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Nathan from Louisiana (South of New Orleans) is reading Re-reading The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste, The Bone Weaver's Orchard by Sarah Read October 23, 2011 - 8:18pm

Roland Thomas is the main character I've been working with, for about 10 months now. He's originally from the south, lives up north, has killed a few people but so far has gotten away with it and has a sincere, strong desire to change and be a good person, and as a result, he gets born again and joins a hardcore almost cult-like bapist church. The rest... Well that's what the book leads up to. 

And an interesting tidpit: Roland named after my favorite fictional character from Transubstantiate, and Thomas named after the author of that book. Great little merger there. 

@Bekanator -we'll still be seeing a full-length about Ellen, right? 

@chickie -yours sounds really, really interesting -would love to read your work. 

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club October 23, 2011 - 8:23pm

The character is an awkward looking red-head name is Flynn McCarthy (yes the pun is on purpose).  He dropped out of college after his father's death in order to return home- which is a small fishing village on the southwestern coast of Ireland- and care for his mother.  He's extremely apathetic and only shows an interest in archeology.  Within the village is a research center where he's taken up employment beside a French fulminologist named Michelle Pomeroy.  Insignificant things irritate Flynn, such as how Michelle insists on eating her oatmeal with blackberry honey, vanilla, and chopped bananas.  Flynn, of course, eats his oatmeal plain…like a normal person.

I don't know if I'm prepared to call Flynn my favorite character, but he is the protagonist in my first novel (that I'm still in the research stage for).  Little nuances about him will hopefully surface when I start writing the story.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig October 23, 2011 - 8:31pm

This is why I will forever be addicted to this forum. I love seeing this stuff. I want to know more about every character here.


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simon morris from Originally, Philadelphia, PA; presently Miami Beach, FL is reading This Body of Death, by Elizabeth George October 24, 2011 - 8:56am

My favorite is a character named Shelly Kelly. Her best line was said when she was standing at a buffet table at a party snarfing down everything in sight. Another character asked her where she put all the food and her reply was, "I have a hollow soul." I never thought of that line. It just came out in the context of writing the story.

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind October 24, 2011 - 11:26am

My two favorites are really, really cheesy you guys. But something about them have stuck with me and served as a model for my personal work. Both were from a collab I did with a friend when I was a fourteen. Sometimes I bring them back again in other collabs, if only to remember them. I don't plan on ever writing them in a serious piece because they're just too much of what they are, but I use them to get bad ideas out of my system. 

The first, the primary one, is Inashuo. It doesn't matter what story he's in, because he's always the same sort of guy. He's obsessively loyal until his trust is betrayed... he isn't forgiving. He's a bit of a goofball, but don't let that fool you: he can be irrational and he can be violent. He despises the family he was born into, especially his messed up older brother. He's also got a ton of pride, and it gets in the way of logic sometimes. No matter what story I throw him into, he always has at least one or two unlikely addictions. (For example: in one story he wasn't fully human, and he had a thing for catnip. Weirdo.) 

His favorite food is peanut butter. He could eat that stuff all day. 

He also likes dudes. Sometimes he'll flirt with ladies, but he mostly likes guys. The pretty ones, usually. But he has horrible luck in love... his first lover was killed, his second he fights with all the time, in a few stories his older brother even steals his love interest. Poor guy.

The second guy is Qai, Inashuo's older brother. Qai always has some problem in whatever story I throw him in. This most recent one? He was genetically altered as a child to be intelligent and charming--only now that he's grown up, his altered genes have made him abusive, obsessive, and controlling in his private life. But it changes from time to time, depending on what scenerio I put him in. Most of the time he's obsessed with Inashuo in an unhealthy-for-a-big-brother sort of way, usually with vengeance in mind for something Inashuo's done.

His motto is if you love something that is imperfect, you break it over and over again and build it back up to what you want it to be... but Inashuo didn't take too kindly to that treatment.

Though I won't pursue them in any serious work, I like to honor their memory sometimes. They're the ancestors to my characters of today! 

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter October 25, 2011 - 1:13am

@Nathan - Oh yeah.  I actually haven't written about Jonah since that last intensive we were both in.  Ellen's been the primary character I've been working on during the last few months, but I do need to take breathers while writing her stories, otherwise it's just a bunch of "Ellen fucks a guy who has a strange characteristic and she learns a lesson" stories, which aren't so great coming one after another.

I'm trying to get to know Jonah a bit more, because Ellen actually does fuck him at one point, and that was how I originally created her a couple summers ago, was through him.

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Mike Mckay is reading God's Ashtray October 25, 2011 - 10:20pm

The other day I realized one of my characters is an exact replica of Michael Pitt. He's cool slender young and attracts the tang. I have another character who resembles Telly from the film "Kids" minus the AIDS trait.

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lynx_child from Seattle is reading The Dresden Files series October 25, 2011 - 10:37pm

My favorite is probably my most cliche.  He's from my fantasy WIP.  The "wise scholar" type, except he has kind of a childlike nature to him at some times, and he gets hit hard by culture shock at one point, leading to a few chapters where he is cranky and stubbornly refusing to cooperate with anything.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. October 25, 2011 - 11:49pm

My favorite character is probably Shelia from my novel in progress "Infinity Bus".  She is an escaped mental patient who leads a group of escapees on the road to DisneyWorld in Florida.  Her mind is like a prism, constantly spinning but so many different facets at angles shining but breaking.  There is a point in the book that is a little Fight Cluby but I do the reveal sooner than later, she believes herself to be another person called Violet who is the good one.  Then she realizes that Violet is all in her head and that she may not even be the original personality, Violet tries to convince her that she was a creation of her sexual abuse.  At this point Shelia tries to form a third person in their mind that is a mix of their good and bad traits combined, all while leading this bloody road trip from hell from the police across country. 

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. October 25, 2011 - 11:52pm

@Bekanator, I would love to take one of those writing intensives.  Especially the Craig Clevenger one coming up but I don't think I will get the funds in time.