id suggest these things for ideas. one, for those of you using war ETC, even if its fantasy, you could read some of the scholors historical books.wars can be based the same, and theyll still be difrent. when creating a charecter, you could doo one of the following things. A: for those of you who play online mmo´s ,take the personality you use online. you could be the annoying new player. the guy who wants too be your aprentice, etc. B: take historical figures such as stallin, george washington etc, and fuse there personalitys together too creat a personality. then from that personality, you can form there history based off the choices they would make with that personality. C: use a img, that you have of yourself in your mind (we all have thse figures, you know the one where you are super powerfull and you save the girl) and mold it too your world. use there personalitys. remember small things like the 7 sins. and the quote from one of the for-fathers of the united states said, "Those who trade there freedoms for safety, disearve niether freedom nor safety". dont remember witch said it. when making a fantasy novel or sci-fi, remember it should still make sense. even magic makes some sense. when you explain it. make sure its something a human can understand. and for sci-fi, i think you should remember too use real sciance as a base for your fake ones. and give full explinations on how they work, while making it sound smart. i dont know that much about making novels, i know what i would do and what i would expect.