I’ve spent a lot of my life creating characters.
Some were for gaming.
Some were for stories.
Some were both.
A select few became my friends the summer I was 11.
My family moved from the city where I had spent my entire childhood to a new city a couple of hours away. We moved right after school was out and between trips to visit family and summer vacation, I didn’t really make any friends that summer.
Instead, I made them up.
I created a whole universe of heroes and villains that I made up stories about.
I didn’t write them down, but I got to know these characters inside and out.
Over time, I made friends that shared my interests.
We played the Marvel Superhero RPG. We created our own team.
Years later, a friend and I wrote a short story featuring some of those characters.
A couple of years after that, one of my friends and I decided to try to pitch our team. We put together a modest proposal and took our team to SDCC.
Nobody bought, but we had a blast.
Now, I’m ready to put pen to paper, so to speak, and give a voice to these characters.