Characters are the most important part of any tale. They’re the driving force behind what happened, or is going to happen, in a novel, short story, film, etcetera. Many writers recycle their characters each time they use them — coming up with unoriginal, cardboard cutouts of what people are, rather than actual people. Some tend to use archetypes, controlling the archetype rather than letting them control themselves. When writers do this, they end up controlling the story itself rather than watching the story write itself. The tales that don’t unfold on their own are those that have stiff, trite, and clichéd plots. Plot should be driven by character — not the other way around….