Hey, guise! It's Levusti here! A great thing about stories is that they have characters. These characters are not just a group of people who walk around and "perform" actions. They walk around and "live" actions. Each character is a real person who approaches a situation in a different way, who has a particular view towards any opinion, and who has real likes and dislikes, etc. As such, we need to remember not to make a character fit into any mould or a predefined set of traits. It's good to let THEM do all the work. So, what do we do if (you're like me and you find that your) characters all seem to act the same? Or if a character very different from the other cast members needs to be made? You'd think it's easy, but it's really easy to make many characters very similar to one another. A good way to create a new character from scratch is to make characters out of people you KINDA know. Such as: People you see on a regular basis that you don't know (convenience store employees, students, teachers) People you've seen around town more than once (that guy at that store who goes to this store too) People you've chatted with for just a moment (cashiers, librarians, secretaries, bankers, waiters/waitresses) People you've overheard speaking on the phone or in a conversation (the annoying loud ones) People you've seen reading a book (if you can catch a glimpse of the book without being nosy) People you don't know who are the subject of gossip (Ohmigawd you not gon belieeeeve this!) Why these people? Because you've already seen a certain aspect of them, you have an idea of how they MIGHT act, but you also have the creative leeway to do whatever you want with them. Don't worry if "this isn't how they would truly act in 'real life,' so it must be wrong!" Actually, you can't go wrong, because you're only using them for inspiration, not direction. Even if that's not how they would really react, just leave it alone. So the challenge I give you is to make TWO OR MORE SHORT SCENARIOS OF THE SAME THING, but with different characters inspired by people you KINDA know. If you have trouble thinking of short scenarios, consider this. Someone cuts the line in front of your character, who has been waiting for 30 minutes. Your character's lover has been caught cheating. Someone creepy is lost in the city and asks your character for directions. An abandoned pet is found and your character discovers it. Your character has been charged twice for a restaurant meal and is trying to get a refund. Your character is eating with a friend and has discovered the friend's ex-lover and the new partner at the same restaurant. Remember, your characters are INSPIRED by the other people you've met, NOT DICTATED by the other people you've met. Even if it wasn't how they would "realistically" react, it's alright. Just haaaave fun!