Questioning Your Character – Going Beyond the Basic

EVERYTHINGI’ve started a new novel, and it’s weird working with a new set of characters. I’m so attached to the ones that I’ve given life to, nurtured, and tortured for the past three years.

Lately, I’ve been trying to get to know my new characters. There are so many questions that need to be asked. There’s the awkward stage, where I don’t really understand them and I’m constantly prodding them, and there’s the breakthrough stage, where they are finally speaking to me and revealing who they are and what part they will play.

In real life, it can take years to truly get to know someone. Fortunately, as writers, we don’t need to take that long if we come armed with the right questions. There is the basic profile about appearance, goals, childhood, etc., but I’ve come up with a list of questions that might help you dig a little deeper with your characters.

Good luck!

Does he get into arguments over sports?

Is he bilingual?

Does he spend an obscene amount of time on Facebook?

For what does he save his money?

Has he ever been a cheerleader?

Does he recycle?

Does he like zoos?

Does he like to answer the phone?

Does he order new things at a restaurant, or stick with the usual?

Does he like gardening?

Does he like to have the latest technology? Ex: upgrading phone constantly

Has he ever sung karaoke?

When did he first drink alcohol?

Does he know how to sew?

What is his favorite food to cook?

Did he have a lemonade stand when he was a kid?

What is the one song that can always get him dancing?

What is his favorite Christmas movie?

Has he ever been on a diet?

What is the last book he read?

Happy writing!

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