envylocked asked: i’m 17 and writing a story about a character who is going to be much older. i’ve only ever written about characters my age and so i’m anxious to choose the characters age. i think he should be 29 but since i’m still a minor i dont know how to write an adults life. i dont know where to start, any advice?
When choosing a character’s age, it’s a good idea to think about what age makes the most sense for them. Someone who’s almost thirty is a decade or more out of high school, several years out of college, and is probably pretty well established in whatever they’re going to do for the rest of their lives.
In terms of how adults think, adults exist on a gradient just like younger adults. Some adults are responsible, others aren’t. Some adults like video games and movies, others prefer wine and cheese—some like both. Some adults love to travel, other adults would prefer to stay home. So, writing an adult isn’t too terribly different from writing a young adult. You’ll have to look at your character’s personality and lifestyle to determine what responsibilities they may have and how well they fulfill those duties. You’ll also want to decide what your character does. Probably they have a job or some sort of skill set they can translate into cash, whether they’re a business person, barista, a professional surfer, or a photographer. Once you decide on what they do for a living, you can research that and figure out how it translates into their daily lives. You’ll also want to think about where they live, what they do in their spare time, and how they relate to other people. If your character has had a particular experience, you can look up “my experience with—-” on Google to read stories from people who have had that experience. 🙂