Friday, October 30, 2009

Character Building Exercise

Just to be clear this has absolutely nothing to do with building YOUR character. This is about building your character's character. I've never done it before, but supposedly filling out what boils down to a personality quiz on the characters in your story is supposed to make it easier for you to write their story.

Anyway, it's pretty simple you just go through and fill out the questions that I've posted below in regards to each of your characters. This should help you to get to know them better before you start writing.

1. Name:
2. Age:
3. Height:
4. Eye color:
5. Physical appearance:
6. Strange or unique physical attributes:
7. Favorite clothing style/outfit:
8. Where does he or she live? What is it like there?
9. Defining gestures/movements:
10. Things about his or her appearance he or she would most like to change:
11. Speaking style:
12. Pet peeves:
13. Fondest memory:
14. Hobbies/interests:
15. Special skills/abilities:
16. Insecurities:
17. Quirks/eccentricities:
18. Temperament:
19. Negative traits:
20. Things that upset him or her:
21. Things that embarrass him or her:
22. This character is highly opinionated about:
23. Any phobias?
24. Things that make him or her happy:
25. Family:
26. Deepest, darkest secret:
27. Reason he or she kept this secret for so long:
28. Other people's opinions of this character:
29. Favorite bands/songs/type of music:
30. Favorite movies:
31. Favorite TV shows:
32. Favorite books:
33. Favorite foods:
34. Favorite sports/sports teams:
35. Political views:
36. Religion/philosophy of life:
37. Physical health:
38. Dream vacation:
39. Description of his or her house:
40. Description of his or her bedroom:
41. Any pets?
42. Best thing that has ever happened to this character:
43. Worst thing that has ever happened to this character:
44. Superstitions:
45. Three words to describe this character:
46. If a song played every time this character walked into the
room, what song would it be?

Stay tuned for additional character building questions, and please let me know if you find this helpful or not.


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