Hi all, I've always thought of writing as very plot-driven, and as I'm trying to learn more about writing, I keep hearing the same message over and over: Stories should stem from the characters. So, I'm trying to come up with good characters, and I'm stuck. Everyone I think of is so cliche, and I still cannot stop my brain from trying to plot a story with generic characters. I have a new story in mind - I don't have it all developed yet, but it centers around three characters. Please tell me what you think of them - would you be interested in reading about them? 1) An older woman (early 70's) whos is wracked with guilt - she finally convinced her son and his family to come for a visit, and while she and the son were driving, she had a seizure caused by diabetes because she was neglectful of her insulin dosing and following up with the doctor. She lives but the son dies. 2) A mid-twenties girl who is stalking her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend. She is obsessed and it's spinning out of control. 3) A teen boy who is a twin who has a lot of pressure from his family to be a football player and go to medical school, only he's secretly gay and wants to be an artist. He's torn because he wants to be true to himself, but he is embarrassed and doesn't want his family to look down on him. I have these three characters thrust together in a particularly disturbing way, and each one is experiencing some sort of anguish that needs to be dealt with. What do you think? Thanks for the input! Also, do you have any tricks for how you develop the character in your writing?