Bella turned around quickly, and in her desperation to get away she almost knocked down a fellow student. Apologising as she looked up into his dark eyes, she felt strangely hypnotised, only snapping out of her trance when the strange boy spoke.
“Hello. I’m Edward Cullen.”
And that would be all you needed. A million girls would squeal just because of the name you used, and they would instantly have an idea of how he looked, his voice, and even an idea of Bella’s reaction to him.
What if he had said something different?
“Hello. I’m Dave.”
Now the author has to work at it. Who is Dave? What does he look like? How old is he? Is he a friend or a potential foe? How does Bella feel about him?
With an original character, the author has to start from scratch, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t fall in love with him/hate him/have him as your gay best friend. Character development is an important part of writing, and to do it well takes skill. The very purpose of these awards is to give credit to authors who have given it a try—and succeeded!
Please note that these awards are for WELL WRITTEN fan fiction containing ORIGINAL CHARACTERS (i.e. characters from your own imagination, not Stephenie Meyer’s.)