Tl;dr Do you encounter issues writing happy characters with simple and easy backgrounds? If not, how do you do it? If so, how do you get past it? This might not be a problem for everyone, but I've been struggling with this for so long it's actually embarrassing. I have no issues writing through the voice of troubled characters, I don't know why. Maybe because I feel like they have a lot more to say? Maybe I'm the problem actually. I have the tendency to not take overly positive people too seriously, so maybe that's why? I feel like people like that are fooling themselves or are actually blind to the reality of the real world. Perhaps there's a way to play with that. Write a happy character who knows the world is terrible and still tries to smile through it all? Or actually abuse of it and make him naive even though I essentially wasn't planning on writing him that way. Still, I think I'm uninspired. Does anyone have this problem? I'm forcing myself to do this because it would play really well in the story: One had a terribly abusive childhood / One grew up loved and adored by his family and friends. My plan was to play with the contrast in personalities since they're ultimately meant to fall in love... And the fact that it's so hard for me makes me want to work even harder on it, but still. Maybe some of you will have a piece of advice lol? I'm sorry for this long thread, it's helping me think.