“Know Your Main Character” by Joan Y. Edwards
I believe it’s a good idea to know your main character well.
1. Perhaps you’d know the answer to these questions about your main character:
What kind of schedule does your main character follow?
What are his favorite foods?
What foods does he detest?
Does he eat healthy?
Does he drink alcoholic beverages?
Where did he go to high school?
Did he graduate from college?
What is the relationship with his parents? grandparents?
What is he deathly afraid of?
What is he proud of?
What kind of clothing does he wear to work? for fun? to bed?
What would your parents think of this character?
What does he do really well?
What skill is his very worst?
What are his three worst habits?
Here are three websites with other good interview questions and ideas.
- Charlotte Dillon. “Character Chart:” http://www.charlottedillon.com/CharacterChart.html
- Richard Freeland. Suite 101.com. “Interview Characters to Discover Their Motives:” http://richard-freeland.suite101.com/interview-characters-to-discover-their-motives-a120366
- Writing Classes.com. “Character Questionaires:” http://www.writingclasses.com/InformationPages/index.php/PageID/106
2. Cut out magazine pictures that you believe might look like them.
3. Write out a weekly journal pretending you are the character.
4. Ask the character questions in a letter. Have the character answer the questions in a letter. You can email them to yourself.
5. Give the character 3 props from his past. Ask him to tell you the story behind why they are significant to him.
6. If you see an actor that would fit the description of your character, rent a movie he acts in and pick up a quirky habit or two, or describe how they walk.
It’s fun to create a new character. These are only a few ideas to get you started or to add dimension to a character whose story you’ve already written. Good luck in your ventures to add life and reality to your characters.
Enjoy yourself. Life is a precious gift.
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