Hello everyone. I was curious about the origins of your characters. I'm curious about two questions in particular: One: How do your characters begin? Do you create them to fit a role in a story you already have in mind? Do they come from some random spark of inspiration? Share For me, my characters always begin with a random scene. My mind wanders randomly throughout the day and sometimes a scene pops into my head. Something exciting, or something emotional. This little tid-bit exists in a void, centered around some character that I know very little about. And as I think about it more, I begin to stretch backwards in time from that point, expanding the character's history and fleshing them out. Two: How do your characters grow from there? This is the part I often get caught up on. I sometimes find it difficult to give my characters depth beyond their initial creation. One of two things seems to happen to me: The character gets stuck in a stagnant state that is not well developed or understood, or, alternately, the character constantly evolves into something new until any trace of what the character used to be is confused and lost. So, thoughts on the topic?