I knew immediately that Ryan needed to be a strong character since he was going to be with Beth. Because Beth had a bad experience with a jock, I immediately decided he would play sports. I decided he would be a baseball player because I wanted my character to play a sport year round and baseball came to mind.
I know people who played sports in high school and there is a certain pressure that can come with that. I remember in high school watching a father scream at his son while his son played. I decided to give Ryan an overbearing father.
I finally needed to give Ryan a piece of myself so I gave him my love of writing.