Things you should know about each of your characters

 

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These are what I would consider to be the most basic, bare-bones questions of character creation.

  • What would completely break your character?
  • What was the best thing in your character’s life?
  • What was the worst thing in your character’s life?
  • What seemingly insignificant memories stuck with your character?
  • Does your character work so that they can support their hobbies or use their hobbies as a way of filling up the time they aren’t working?
  • What is your character reluctant to tell people?
  • How does your character feel about sex?
  • How many friends does your character have?
  • How many friends does your character want?
  • What would your character make a scene in public about?
  • What would your character give their life for?
  • What are your character’s major flaws?
  • What does your character pretend or try to care about?
  • How does the image your character tries to project differ from the image they actually project?
  • What is your character afraid of?
  • What is something most people in your setting do that your character things is dumb?
  • Where would your character fall on a politeness/rudeness scale?

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6 thoughts on “Things you should know about each of your characters

  1. I was well into writing my first novel when I found a website that administered a test to psychoanalyze fictional characters (unfortunately, the site has taken down that page). When I completed the assessment for my male MC, one of the suggestions was that he would make a good journalist – which was the job I had already given him.

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  2. Those are all good questions to consider in relation to your characters, but I have to say, if I had to use that checklist before I started writing, I’d never write! A writer doesn’t know all those things about a character ahead of time – it evolves as you write – the old saying that a character takes over and does what he or she wants.

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