20 Essential Questions to Ask Your Character

by Gabbi Hall

dateThink of the early stages of character development as the early stages of a relationship. You  go on a first date to get to know another person. To get comfortable with your characters and understand what motivates and deters them, you need to sit down with them and ask questions. Asking these questions will help further bring your characters to life and give you material to work with as you write.

Here are 20 questions to ask your character:

1. What is your full name?
2. Do you prefer a nickname? How did you get the nickname?
3. Where do you live?
4. What is the town or city like?
5. What do you do for a living?
6. What is your dream occupation?
7. What do you do in your free time?
8. How would you describe yourself?
9. Tell me about your family.
10. Who is your closest confidant?
11. Who is your greatest enemy?
12. Who do you idolize?
13. What is your biggest fear?
14. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
15. What is your biggest regret?
16. What was the saddest moment of your life?
17. What was the happiest moment of your life?
18. Are you religious? What do you believe?
19. If you had a theme song for your life, what would it be?
20. If you could change anything about your life right now, what would it be?