Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Character Interview Questions

When you start a new story or get bogged down in a work in progress, this creative writing prompt can help you get to know your characters on a new level. Whether you interview your protagonist, antagonist, or a newly forming secondary character, it may draw out the detail that sparks your creativity and not only develops your character but adds fodder to pull from as the plot unfolds.

Today's Writing Prompt: Character Interview Questions

These character interview questions are broken into three categories: relational, personal, and a which-describes you best section.

  1. How old are you?
  2. Where were you born?
  3. Who do you look like? Your mother, father, or someone else?
  4. Do you have any brothers or sisters?
  5. Are you married or single?
  6. Do you have someone you care about?
  7. Did you or do you know your grandparents?
  8. Is anyone in your family famous?
  9. Are your parents still living?
  10. Are you adopted?

  1. What do you like to drink?
  2. Are you a morning person?
  3. What are your hobbies or interests?
  4. What do you do for a living?
  5. What is your education level?
  6. What's your favorite food (or drink)?
  7. Where did you grow up?
  8. What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
  9. Do you like to read?
  10. Where are you going?

Which Describes You Best?

  1. Nervous or calm
  2. Teacher or student
  3. Leader or follower
  4. Brave or fearful
  5. Religious or superstitious
  6. Humble or proud
  7. Tall or short?
  8. Long hair or short?
  9. Honest, stretch the truth when necessary, or all out liar
  10. Introvert or extrovert

If you have other questions or suggestions to add to this list, please be sure to comment.

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letter samples said...

A good write up. Many a times the interviewers ask fest questions just to confuse the candidate, and the person who stays cool and gives answers turns to be the winner.

Donna Sundblad said...

Thanks letter,

I think asking questions removed from the current scene help give the character the depth that history brings to life.

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I'm using these questions for a new series of character interviews I'm doing on my site. So much fun!

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