Friday, September 17, 2010

Knowing your characters

To write a fictional story it is important to know your main characters. I do that by writing down every question I can think of and then answering them for each of my characters. The more detail you know about each character the better you will be able to determine how they will respond to the people and situations they are confronted with. Here are a few getting to know you questions to get you started:
  1. Does he/she know how to dance?
  2. What he/she be doing at a party?
  3. Does he/she like to be the center of attention?
  4. What kind of things fill his/her mind when stuck in traffic?
  5. If he/she was forced to leave their home in a moments notice what is the one thing they would take with them?
  6. How many pairs of shoes does this person own?
  7. What is their favorite color to wear?
  8. How many messages would he/she find on their answering machine after two days of not checking their messages?
  9. What is his/her ideal environment?
  10. Does he/she have a fear of something that interferes with their daily life?
There's a start but I encourage you to make a list at least four times this size. Happy writing :D

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