Amusing note: Apparently I’m not easy to get clear fingerprints from. (Commentary from one observer, “You’re a blank!”)
Which, when you write, suggests all sorts of possible career changes if push came to shove… ahem. *Whistles innocently* Too many mysteries on my shelves, yes….
But let’s consider a fugitive character. Because generally speaking, we like to read and write about heroic characters. The people who face the dragons. So… what is a heroic character running from?
After all, if a person is defined by what they’re willing to stare down eye-to-monstrous eye, they’re just as defined by what battles they don’t think are worth fighting. Whether that’s the scary but safely fenced dog who always barks, the waitress’ customer who tries to cop a feel, or the hard hand of local city ordinances; some things may not be worth the time and effort to smack, especially if the Fate of the World has all your brainpower and adrenaline tied up already.
But that’s avoiding a confrontation while going about day-to-day life. (Or night-to-night, for those of the sanguine persuasion.) Going on the run is another order of magnitude entirely. A fugitive character, if they’re really a hero, has probably decided not that some battles are not worth fighting, but that one particular battle might not be survivable.
Which is an interesting way to up the tension from the very start of your story. Your character is on the run… and if they’re really heroic, and running from real Evil….
Well. Odds are, it’s going to find them.
And then what?
Personally, I’d like to see more stories where the main character keeps pulling out trick after evasive trick, at least until they can try to arrange a situation where they might survive a confrontation. After all, if your character ran, they’re probably more Wily Rabbit than Powerful Bear. And when it comes to rabbits… I remember Watership Down well.
“All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand Enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you.
“…But first they must catch you….”