Starting a new character in Skyrim doesn’t have to be the same every time. You can actually begin in a new location, even outside of Skyrim in DLC mods such as Beyond Skyrim Bruma SE. When you start a character, with this mod you will be placed in a prison cell and if you use the add-on mods (links below) you will have quite a few options available. In addition to that, you can also acquire some basic gear and spells, pick the mundus stone etc.
The idea is to give you character some background.
The main quest will still be there, you can trigger it by going to Helgen. But you don’t have to do that right away.
If you don’t know how to mod Skyrim, check out my beginner’s guide to modding Skyrim SE (Special Edition). It opens in new tab so go ahead and click it.
It’s the same for LE (Legendary Edition). You just need to download appropriate mods between them.
Once you’re ready, download & install Alternate Start – Live Another Life from Nexus. This link is for Skyrim SE (Special Edition).
The other mods I mentioned in the video are: