Monday, May 2, 2011

Character Interrogation ->The Questions

So, last Friday I did my post on character interrogation, getting to know your characters. So, today I'm doing a simple post. Well, as simple as I can do for this situation. I'm putting together my question list to ask my characters. Yes, it's a bit long, but it is for a good cause. Keep in mind that this question list is geared for my purposes, so you will find things that deal with young adult characters more than adult characters. Feel free to use any and all questions in the list to interrogate your own characters. I hope this list is helpful to you. :-)

Part I can be found here, Part III can be found here, and Part IV can be found here.  

Let the interrogation begin! 

Basics: 
Character name:
Origin of name: 
Nickname:
Origin of nickname:
Age:
Sex:
Birthday:
Birthplace:
Role in story:

Physical Appearance: 
Weight:
Height:
Hair color:
Length of hair:
Hair style: 
Eye color:
Skin tone:
Body type:
Shape of face:
Voice:
Glasses or contacts:
Braces, teeth appearance:
Distinguishing qualities:

Fashion tendencies:
Usual clothing:
Favorite outfit:
Accessories:

Family:
Mother:
Relationship:
Father:
Relationship: 
Siblings:
Relationship: 
Spouse:
Relationship: 
Children:
Relationship: 
Other important family members:
Friends:
Relationship:

Personality: 
Good traits:
Bad traits:
Greatest joy:
Greatest fear:
Happiest when:
Saddest when:
Sense of humor:
What could possibly most turn this character's life upside down?:
Highest priority:
Lowest priority:
Soft spot:
Greatest strength:
Greatest weakness:
Biggest regret:
Smallest regret:
Biggest accomplishment:
Other accomplishments:
Flaws:
Secrets:

Past: 
Towns lived in:
Schools attended / jobs worked:
Childhood:
Pets:
First memory:
Most important memory:
Fondest memory:
Worst memory:
Dreams:
Friends:

Present: 
Current location:
Current living situation:
Pets:
School attending / job working:
Dreams: 
Friends:

School:
Clique:
Sports:
Activities:
Lunch:
Classes:
Enemies:
Frenemies:
Friends:
Acquaintances:
Teachers:
Others:

Goals: 
Motivation:
Immediate goals:
Long term goals/hopes:
Method to accomplish these goals?:
Who will these goals affect?:

Favorites: 
Color:
Music:
Movie: 
Food:
Drink:
Snack:
Books:
Entertainment:
Expressions / Sayings:
Mode of transportation:
Possession:
Class:
Teacher:
Actor/Actress:
Musician/Band:
Thing to buy:
Store to shop at:

Hobbies / Skills: 
Hobbies:
Musical instrument:
Sports:
Most skilled at:
Least skilled at:
Nervous tics:
Posture:
Mannerisms:
Personal quirks: 

Traits: (I could go forever on the traits, but here is a little list.)
Optimist or pessimist?
Introvert or extrovert?
Daredevil or cautious:
Logical or emotional?
Relaxed or Tense?
Control freak or out of control?
Disorderly and messy or methodical and neat?
Prefers working or relaxing?
Confident or unsure of himself/herself?
Follower or leader?
Selfish or selfless?

There are a ton of other tidbits that could go into this list, but I think this is enough for now.

Your Turn -> What did I leave off that you would have put in this list? OR What, from this list, did you like the best?

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