How well do you know the characters of your story? These character development questions will help you gain a deeper understanding of your character and will hopefully simplify the writing process.
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Questions to Ask Your Characters
Character Name/Nickname: How does the character feel about his or her name? What connotations or stereotypes does the name have?
Character Age/Birthday/Zodiac Sign: How old is your character? What year was he or she born? Does his or her zodiac sign have any bearing on their personality traits?
Character’s Home: Where does your character live? How does your character feel about the current living arrangements?
Career/Job/Profession: What does the character do for a living? Is it enjoyable? What is your character’s dream job? What is your character’s financial situation? What is your character’s level of education?
Character’s Physical Traits: Athletic? Overweight? Hair color? Eye color? Any scars or birth marks? What actress or actor would you have play the role of your character if it was a movie?
What style of clothes does your character wear? Think about what your character wears everyday, when he or she dresses up for a night out, what he or she wears to bed, and if there is any jewelry your character wears.
Characters Family: Parents? Siblings? Children? Aunts? Uncles? Second Cousins Twice Removed?
Character’s Friends: Who are your character’s closest friends? What do they value in friendship?
Character’s Pets: Does your character have any pets? What is his or her favorite animal?
Character’s Past: What events from your character’s life have left an impact? What are some of his or her most proudest or embarrassing moments? What was his or her childhood like?
What motivates your character? What are some of his or her goals for the story?
What are you characters favorite movies, songs, and books?
What is your character’s favorite food? Does he or she enjoy to cook?
Is your character an introvert or extrovert? How does he or she act socially?
What makes your character happy? What is your character most thankful for in life?
What are your character’s greatest fears?
Describe your character’s personality with three words.
What are your character’s strengths and weaknesses?
What are your character’s Pet Peeves?
What is your character’s most valuable possession?
What are the spiritual beliefs of your character?
What are your character’s hopes, dreams, and goals?
What is your character’s greatest regret in life?
What would your character do if he or she won the lottery?
How does your character spend a lazy Sunday afternoon?
Where would your character like to travel? How does he or she want to get there?
What would your character most like to change about the world?
What is your character’s motto or mantra for life?
We hope you enjoy this list of character development questions. You don’t have to incorporate all the answers of these questions into your story of course, but by having a strong knowledge of your character it can help make the writing process much easier.
Are there any questions you ask your characters that are not on this list? Share them in the comments section below!