Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Character Development Questions

Hello readers!

I thought I'd post the questions I use to help develop my characters. I did not come up with these questions on my own. I found a bunch of great questions from a website a while ago, but of course, I can't remember from where. I changed some of them and got rid of a few and added a few. They have really helped me out. I'm still going to try and complete one of these character sheets for almost every character in my book if I can. Let me know if you can think of some other good ones and I'll add them to the list! Have fun developing your characters!

Character Name

Does the character have a nickname?

What is your characters hair color? Eye color?

What kind of distinguishing facial features does your character have?

Does your character have a birthmark? Where is it? What about scars? How did he get them?

Who are your characters friends and family? Who does he surround himself with? Who are the people your character is closest to? Who does he wish he were closest to?

Where was your character born? Where has he lived since then? Where does he call home?

Where does your character go when he’s angry?

Does he have a secret?

What makes your character laugh out loud?

When has your character been in love? Had a broken heart?

What is in your characters kitchen right now? On his bedroom floor? On his nightstand?

When your character thinks of his childhood kitchen, what smell does he associate with it? Sauerkraut? Oatmeal cookies? Why is that smell so resonant for him?

It’s Saturday at noon. What is your character doing? Give details. If he’s eating breakfast, what exactly does he eat? If he’s stretching out in her backyard to sun, what kind of blanket or towel does he lie on?

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

What is your favorite occupation?

What is your most treasured possession?

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

What has been your favorite journey?

What is your most marked characteristic?

When and where were you the happiest?

What is it that you most dislike?

Which living person do you most despise?

Which talent would you most like to have?

What is the quality you most like in a man?

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

What do you most value in your friends?

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Whose are your heroes in real life?

Which person in your life do you most admire?

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

On what occasions do you lie?

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

How would you like to die?

What is your goal?

What/Who stands in your way? (Why can’t you reach your goal from where you are standing? What do you need in order to get there?)

What do you do for a living? Do you like it? Are you good at it?

What is your secret dream?

What does your home look like? Where do you live?

What is your education?

What are you secretly embarrassed by?

What are your hobbies?

What was your family like growing up?

What is your biggest fear?

What is your best strength?

What do people like about you?

What are you most proud of?

What event changed you/your life the most?

What are your talents?

How do you react to adversity?

What music do you like?

What is your religion?

How do you feel about love?

Hope these help. Have a great day!

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