Hi there! New user here. To cut to the chase- I find myself currently stuck in this box and I'm having a hard time breaking out of it. I have this character, an elf who is a scholar in a fantasy setting. I have given her a goal and a plot and have been attempting to make connections along the way, by including obstacles that will get in the way of her plot and what she will do to overcome those challenges and so on. Story building and character creation has been something that I desire to improve on, but at the same time I am looking at my character and she seems so incredibly plain and downright boring! There is little that makes her unique or believable and she just feels like this bland placeholder and I am not attached to her at all. She might be pretty, or have admirable attributes, but what is fun about a character who just reacts to everything and doesn't act or move the plot forward? Even though I have been writing for almost fifteen years, I feel like I am just starting to understand the elements that go into story building, and characters are something I have been struggling with. Ontop of that, I start to realize that I have these flaws as a writer where I tend to use the same or similar descriptions over and over, no matter how many times I try to include new words, I always go back to this one style of writing. Do any of you out there have suggestions for breaking old habits, and introducing something new, or ways you might have improved yourself? As a disclaimer: I generally write collaboratively with other people - aka: roleplaying. I want to be able to give my writing partners in the future something to respond to, and to engage them mentally just as much as they do for me. (What's the point in writing with someone when their character is just dragging along, reacting only and not contributing right?) I'm sorry if this is too much of a rant but it is indeed frustrating and any tips would be greatly appreciated!