This is a simple and fun exercise Write a post about a character's experience... that you have never had. Got a clean record? Write a character getting arrested Never been in the army? Write a character's first day in Basic Training Have a fear of heights? Write a character going skydiving - maybe their favourite thing! Try to write it as accurately as possible. Think through what would happen in your chosen experience, and take your character's personality into consideration writing their responses. The point of this exercise is to help you write your character as their own person, with their own experiences, quirks, and personalities. Because we put a lot of ourselves into our characters, it's easy to slip into writing them as extentions of ourselves - slapping a new face and name on and inserting ourselves into a story. The key to stopping this and keeping your characters creative and new is to keep them, well, different! It's important to have characters sometimes do things you would never do, say things you wouldn't say, speak in their own patterns, and follow hobbies that you don't have. It keeps you on your toes as a writer, and it's more interesting for you AND your readers.