An Iditarod winner and a nature magazine writer.
A cursed Celtic warrior and a teacher.
A firefighter and a photographer.
A corporate pilot and a graphic designer.
These are just some of the hero/heroine combinations I've written about so far. The possibilities for characters are endless. There are an infinite number of pairings, and I discover new ideas on a daily basis.
These possibilities can get overwhelming. A writer can spends gobs of time just trying to determine what jobs her characters will have. The jobs are really critical too. I find that the occupations help define who the character is and how she/he will react to certain events in the story. Jobs often influence how the characters will meet. Is he the landlord at the apartment she just rented? Is she the caterer hired by the corporation he works for? Is he the reporter who just uncovered the scandal at her law office? Is she the doctor who stitched his finger back on after his construction accident?
You get the idea.
I'm currently at a place where a hero is "speaking" to me. He's a voice in my head at the moment. A faint "Write about me" is growing in strength in my mind. He's a chainsaw artist and modeled after someone I've actually met and plan to interview. I think the character's name is Orion Finley. The heroine, however, has not revealed herself just yet. This is usually the way it is with me. The male character almost always makes himself known first, then the female follows.
Maybe you could give me some help. First, picture a lumberjack-ish dude who rocks flannel and is Picasso with a chainsaw. He's tall, has dark, chin-length hair that he wears back when he's working, has ripped arms that are muscled from years of chainsaw wielding. He fills a pair of faded jeans like he was born to do that very thing. Next, comment below with who you think would be a good match for a chainsaw artist. Give me an occupation and physical features if you'd like. Hell, I'll even take name suggestions.
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