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Help Me Choose Characters for My Story - I could do it myself, but why should I when I have you?

Updated on January 1, 2011
womens feet shoes on desk
womens feet shoes on desk

I am too lazy to think up character names

It's time I wrote another story. I think this story will be about Ruby who works in an office doing something. I would like to populate this story with characters I have not personally chosen. It's like a little writing challenge for me, having to come up with a story using suggestions from other people. Anyone want to help?

Character suggestions

If you would like to play this game, then please leave in your comment the name of a character, what that character looks like, and what the character does for a living. This shouldn't be a character that already exists anywhere in fact or fiction, but one that you have just made up off the top of your head. For instance, you could say:

Character name: Fantasia Muck

Character job: Massage therapist

Character's physical appearance: Maroon hair, thin as a stick, and taller than average

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The challenge

For me, the challenge will be trying to create a story using as many of the characters as I can. I will have to make a cut-off point somewhere, just in case I am lucky enough to have many responses. So arbitrarily, I will just guess I will use 10 of the suggestions made by my fellow hubbers. But, that is subject to change. If your character does not make it into the story, don't fret! It just means my creativity went on strike or that I ran out of room in my story.

womans feet shoes on stairs
womans feet shoes on stairs

Ruby is lonely

Poor lonely Ruby. She is the only one in my story so far. She is looking around for other characters to interact with, but there are none yet because I haven't provided any. Ruby is counting on you to help her! She feels so vulnerable being the only character in the story. She really doesn't want to carry the literary burden by herself. So, come on, help a girl out. Contribute a character to the story!

An Update

Okay, the story is here:

Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions!


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    • Karen Wodke profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wodke 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      It's finally done. Check out Ruby and Pete and Rex the Cheat.

      Thanks everyone for the characters. And should you get the urge to write us a story with these characters, please do!

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      Grandma's House 

      7 years ago

      Carmine LaRoche, wiry little man age 52, thinning hair that he combs straight back and a nervous habit of smoothing it when talking to people. Don't shake his hand. He still uses Brylcream. He never quite made it as a Nashville musician and he has set himself up as an agent. Trouble is, he keeps auditioning for potential clients and no matter how many times his faithful secretary tries to hide it, he can find his guitar by scent.

    • stars439 profile image


      7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Great hub. GBY

    • Karen Wodke profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wodke 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Wow, I need to get busy writing this!

    • quicklysilver profile image


      7 years ago from wexford, ireland

      Oh yeah - Ruby falls in love with him and becomes his accomplish.

    • quicklysilver profile image


      7 years ago from wexford, ireland

      Cannibal Nector, A worker bee during the day and a deranged psycho at night. A terror to the bee community.

    • Scarlett My Dear profile image

      Scarlett My Dear 

      7 years ago from Missouri

      *Big smile*

      Put them in a vehicle together on a long road trip and see what happens! Maybe it'll be the next "The Big Chill".

    • Karen Wodke profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wodke 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks, Scarlett, because I'm beginning to think this random assortment of characters might be hard to work with. They may not get along well with each other. lol.

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      Scarlett My Dear 

      7 years ago from Missouri

      Name: Iwanna Beleve, younger than she looks

      Job: Daycare worker/Indentured Servant

      Physical/Psychological disposition: Takes an extra smattering of jam on her morning bagel, every morning, on her way out the door, hoping to drown her already suffering self-esteem.

      Wears her hair up, after forgetting one too many times that 'pretty' is not 'practical'.

      Does not understand why anyone would wish to be tall. Tall people can't wear hats in movie theaters, they can't find dates with the average male standing no taller than 5ft. 9in. and their arms and legs are often disproportional to the rest of their bodies. No, she cannot understand why anyone would wish to be tall.

      Feeds, herds, disciplines, plays with little anklebiters daily. Does not like children really. They're short, too short and they smell. They pull her hair, step on her toes and steal the show. It pays the bills.

      Thinks she would like to raise ferrets instead.

      Karen! What an idea ~ Run with it! And, No ~ it does not have to make any sense whatsoever.

    • Karen Wodke profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wodke 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Great ideas! How will I ever fit all these very different characters into a story? Does my story have to make sense?

    • haylieboo profile image


      7 years ago

      Character name: Margery Newbert

      Character job: Cat Whisperer

      Character's physical appearance & personality: (when not in her cat costume) Very tall, on the slender side except for her abnormally large head and long arms. She wears strictly turtle necks to protect her jugular while cat whispering. Her favorite colors are gold and maroon. In her spare time she likes to breakdance and assemble bird feeders. She likes long walks in the park while listening to 70's disco music on her Ipod (it reminds her of her glory days). She hopes one day that her webcam cat counseling sessions will hit it big. She just has to figure out how to get the word out.

    • mega1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Ford Onbeirg - new boy just arrived in town, quiet, exceptionally good looking, 6 feet or so tall, rather unruly black hair and gentle brown eyes, neat, almost fades into the woodwork sometimes. His voice is so melodic he fascinates the customers. Right now he's a customer service guy in a call center, but he's been spotted by some talent people. Where will his future take him? Does he have a secret that makes him so shy? or is he just a little homesick for the farm he was raised on?

    • PJ Hawkinson profile image

      PJ Hawkinson 

      7 years ago

      Character name: Freddy Funk

      Character job: Accounting Clerk

      Character's physical and mental characteristics: Intelligent, 28 years old, 5’ 4” tall, mousy brown hair styled after Elvis, voice is high-pitched and squeaks at end of long sentences, thinks all the girls are hot for him. He has one large brown eye and one small blue eye, the results of a mishap with a firecracker in his youth. He wears built-up heels to increase his height to 5’ 6”. By the way, he keeps a daily diary (wink, wink).


      Pete, a long-haired, albino cat with large pink eyes. Pete's goal is to shed hair on everyone's pant legs and to urinate on the coat of Ruby's boss, whom he's hated since he first laid his lazy pink eyes on him. Pete is the office cat and has been in the building longer then the janitor.

    • Karen Wodke profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wodke 

      7 years ago from Midwest


    • A.A. Zavala profile image

      Augustine A Zavala 

      7 years ago from Texas


      Rex Stanton

      Sales Manager

      Driven, Narcissistic, charismatic, unfulfilled

      Athletic build, blues eyes, sandy blonde hair

      Sara smith

      Admin assistant

      Sweet, honest, caring to a fault, was assaulted when she was younger. Finds solace in helping others, even when at her detriment.

      40ish, blonde hair, hazel eyes, sweet.

      Steve krushcek

      SHipping manager

      Can be good friend to some, hateful and angry to others. Resentful of the fact thathe has been passed up for promotion opportunites. Works hard enough to get things done, but not so hard as to help others.

      40 ish, thinning brown hair, tall and lanky with bad posture.

    • Karen Wodke profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wodke 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      These will be fun characters to work with!

    • Shadesbreath profile image


      7 years ago from California

      Hercamer Fannylick

      Age: 46

      Appearance: 5'8", bald, hunchback, quick with a smile, kind eyes. Smokes Virginia Slims, says they remind him of his mother.

      Occupation: Company phrenologist

    • damian0000 profile image


      7 years ago from Belfast

      Yes --- I am in too, women are so much better when it comes to describing people but I will take a shot. I heard reference to "As good as it gets" --- brilliant film!! and I want to base my character a little bit on Jack Nicholson's (but younger) so...

      Age : 25

      Name : Jake

      Occupation : Film Critic for newspapers, he makes lots of references to films in his everyday conversation

      Hobbies : Plays Saxophone, loves jazz music

      Extra : Is very close to his pet cat "Satchmo" --- he named after Louis Armstrong...

      Appearance : I am sure you will be better at this than me so I leave to your discretion...

      Keep me posted :-) d

    • Karen Wodke profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wodke 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      I am going to have so much fun with these characters! Such great suggestions.

    • Veronica Allen profile image

      Veronica Allen 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Hmmmm.....I have to get in on this one.

      Character name: Tamilia

      Age: Early 30s

      Occupation: Stay-at-home mother to two small children and an inspiring fashion designer.

      Appearance: Short, curvy, chocolate skin tone woman, with large deep brown almond shaped eyes. She dresses for comfort most of the time and tends to hide the true beauty she is by wearing unassuming, casual wear. She wears her hair in a natural afro to embrace her heritage. No matter what she wears though, she must have a set of her favorite gold hoops in her ears and her favorite set of Indonesian inspired bangles on her wrist. It's these simple pieces that make her feel a little more secure and give others a glimpse into just how much she secretly loves fashionable things.

    • Karen Wodke profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wodke 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Yea! Great characters!

    • Titen-Sxull profile image


      7 years ago from back in the lab again

      have two entries, one is just to be funny the second is more serious:

      Character Name: Rick Stuckman

      Age: Mid 30s

      Occupation: Boring job as a local cop

      Appearance: Grizzled but handsome face with scars on left cheek and above the right eye, injuries sustained in the first gulf war. Pale blue eyes, muscular build but he's let himself go a bit and is developing a beer gut slowly. Rick's father was a Vietnam veteran, his Mother was Vietnamese.

      Character Name: Carol Orion

      Age: Late 20s or early 30s

      Occupation: Possibly Ruby's co-worker

      Appearance: Shy book-worm with glasses who dresses very reserved even by office dress code standards. She has shamrock green eyes, shoulder length straight brunette hair and a cute - but often plagued by pimples - face. She's a mix of European ancestries.

    • newyorkwriter profile image


      7 years ago from Brooklyn

      I like this idea. I give you Toby, he's about 7, with jet black hair, and skinny as a stick. or his mom, Abigail, a tall [about 5'10] dark skinned woman [more tan than anything] with dark red hair who waits tables for a living. I could throw in their dog too, but I have no idea if you could/want to fit one into your story. :) Enjoy


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