What demographics do you make your main characters?

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What demographics do you make your main characters?

T&A1987 T&A1987
I'm male, but tend to make most of my main characters female. Do you often have your main characters differ in their race, religion, gender, orientation or other demographics from your own, or do you make them similar or the same as your own? why/not
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Same for all demographics
2  (12%)
Similar, but different gender
2  (12%)
Similar, but different race
Similar, but different religion
1  (6%)
Similar, but different orientation
1  (6%)
50/50 split
1  (6%)
different except for race
different except for gender
different except for religion
different except for orientation
completely different
never thought about it before
9  (56%)
Total votes: 16
Poll is closed
11/10/2011
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lemons lemons
i'd like to think that i make mine varied, but i know that most of my main characters are females
11/12/2011
Spoken Pandora Spoken Pandora
My characters definitely vary. But at the same time they stem from me in some way. It just happens that within myself I find many ages, religions, shades/races, and origins.
11/13/2011
Woman China Woman China
My leading woman in the story is usually me. I could be my age now or my age when the story took place. I try to make me a little wiser than I am and a LOT less clumsy. The leading men in the story, are generally based on a few men in my life so their ages vary.

Although that is what is going on in my head, on paper? My hope is that they appear to be almost ageless. Anywhere from say 22ish to about 45ish.
12/20/2011
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by T&A1987
I'm male, but tend to make most of my main characters female. Do you often have your main characters differ in their race, religion, gender, orientation or other demographics from your own, or do you make them similar or the same as your own? ...
I make my characters whatever the story seems to call for, I tend to write aimed at a specific audience though.
12/20/2011
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by Woman China
My leading woman in the story is usually me. I could be my age now or my age when the story took place. I try to make me a little wiser than I am and a LOT less clumsy. The leading men in the story, are generally based on a few men in my life so ...
You have done a good job if that is your intention Your characters could be any age!
12/20/2011
closed account closed account
As the character comes to life and you get to know their characteristics better some of the above may or may not be relevant. These things could obviously be relevant to the plot or completely irrelevant with no need to define. I also like ambiguity, where the reader gets to decide what they think.
12/22/2011
Cedarlooman Cedarlooman
I tend not to put a lot of thought into putting my characters into certain demographics unless that is what I am trying to do for the story. If it isn't a certain scene my characters are usually ageless, although if I do put an age on them it is usually for the females and put them around college age or slightly older, usually because that is who I originally started writing my stories to be read by and then I guess I just kept going with it. I don't think I have ever put religion or race into my stories. I want people to be able to put themselves into my characters as easily as possible, so leave that stuff as ambiguous as possible--unless I come up with a story where I think it is integral.
12/27/2011
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I haven't written anything in a long time that requires this in depth thinking, but I used to write with the same age/gender as I was at the time.
12/27/2011
Total posts: 9
Unique posters: 8