It's a mix. I don't try to shell dolls based off characters in my writing anymore. I let the dolls create characters, and I create stories around them to make photo stories or even short stories about those characters that are created. Other characters that i need in the photostory i will shell. That's as far as I go now. I started out when to shell ALL my characters in my writing, but I changed gears so all my dolls were in the same story-verse and could somehow be intertwined.