I find that creating your character seems to be the best way to start off a story, even though the book I’m revising right now was created from the setting. Creating a character is a lot more complicated than it looks, and it took me quite a while to form my main character, Elizabeth, to be exactly right for the story.
Typically when you pick up a book, just for leisurely reading, you want to get away from reality, from work or school. In this case, they want to read about someone who is both just like them, and just the opposite. They want the person to be average, but to be daring or brave or sarcastic, having to make decisions or face obstacles that the average person doesn’t. They want the character to be who they can’t because of what they do.
The reader also wants to connect to the character, so they can put themselves in their shoes.
How do you make a character fit in these perimeters and be completely new and original? That’s tough, when taking realism into account. I have found a few tips that might or might not apply to your story because every story can’t follow the same rules, but here are some methods that I’ve found work for me: