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• 12/18/2013

Character help

Have trouble creating your character? No worries because I have created a Character's Q&A that you can use to better understand your character. Feel free to use it and post your Character's Q&A in the comment section below.

What is your characters name? Does the character have a nickname?

What is your character's 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 she get them?

Who are your characters friends and family? Who does she surround herself with?

Who are the people your character is closest to? Who does he wish she were

closest to?

Where was your character born? Where has she lived since then? Where does she

call home?

Where does your character go when she’s angry?

What is her biggest fear? Who has she told this to? Who would she never tell this to? Why?

Does she 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 refrigerator right now? On her bedroom floor? On her

nightstand? In her garbage can?

Look at your characters feet. Describe what you see there. Does he wear dress

shoes, gym shoes, or none at all? Is he in socks that are ratty and full of holes? Or is she wearing a pair of blue and gold slippers knitted by her grandmother?

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

Your character is doing intense spring cleaning. What is easy for her to throw out? What is difficult for her to part with? Why?

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

What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?

Your character is getting ready for a night out. Where is she going? What does she wear? Who will she be with?

How does your character think of their father? What do they hate and love about him? What influence - literal or imagined - did the father have?

Their mother? How do they think of her? What do they hate? Love? What influence - literal or imagined - did the mother have?

Brothers, sisters? Who do they like? Why? What do they despise about their siblings?

What type of discipline was your character subjected to at home? Strict? Lenient?

Were they overprotected as a child? Sheltered?

Did they feel rejection or affection as a child?

What was the economic status of their family?

How does your character feel about religion?

What about political beliefs?

Is your character street-smart, book-smart, intelligent, intellectual, slow-witted?

How do they see themselves: as smart, as intelligent, uneducated?

How does their education and intelligence – or lack thereof - reflect in their speech pattern, vocabulary, and pronunciations?

Did they like school? Teachers? Schoolmates?

Were they involved at school? Sports? Clubs? Debate? Were they unconnected?

Did they graduate? High-School? College? Do they have a PHD? A GED?

What does your character do for a living? How do they see their profession? What do they like about it? Dislike?

Did they travel? Where? Why? When?

What did they find abroad, and what did they remember?

What were your character's deepest disillusions? In life? What are they now?

What were the most deeply impressive political or social, national or international, events that they experienced?

What are your character's manners like? What is their type of hero? Whom do they hate?

Who are their friends? Lovers? 'Type' or 'ideal' partner?

What do they want from a partner? What do they think and feel of sex?

What social groups and activities does your character attend? What role do they like to play? What role do they actually play, usually?

What are their hobbies and interests?

What does your character's home look like? Personal taste? Clothing? Hair? Appearance?

How do they relate to their appearance? How do they wear their clothing? Style? Quality?

Who is your character's mate? How do they relate to him or her? How did they make their choice?

What is your character's weaknesses? Hubris? Pride? Controlling?

Are they holding on to something in the past? Can he or she forgive?

Does your character have children? How do they feel about their parental role? About the children? How do the children relate?

How does your character react to stress situations? Defensively? Aggressively? Evasively?

Do they drink? Take drugs? What about their health?

Does your character feel self-righteous? Revengeful? Contemptuous?

Do they always rationalize errors? How do they accept disasters and failures?

Do they like to suffer? Like to see other people suffering?

How is your character's imagination? Daydreaming a lot? Worried most of the time? Living in memories?

Are they basically negative when facing new things? Suspicious? Hostile? Scared? Enthusiastic?

What do they like to ridicule? What do they find stupid?

How is their sense of humor? Do they have one?

Is your character aware of who they are? Strengths? Weaknesses? Idiosyncrasies? Capable of self-irony?

What does your character want most? What do they need really badly, compulsively? What are they willing to do, to sacrifice, to obtain?

Does your character have any secrets? If so, are they holding them back?

How badly do they want to obtain their life objectives? How do they pursue them?

Is your character pragmatic? Think first? Responsible? All action? A visionary? Passionate? Quixotic?

Is your character tall? Short? What about size? Weight? Posture? How do they feel about their physical body?

Do they want to project an image of a younger, older, more important person? Does they want to be visible or invisible?

How are your character's gestures? Vigorous? Weak? Controlled? Compulsive? Energetic? Sluggish?

What about voice? Pitch? Strength? Tempo and rhythm of speech? Pronunciation? Accent?

What are the prevailing facial expressions? Sour? Cheerful? Dominating?

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