Questioning and interviewing my characters are one of my favorite parts of outlining my novel. It’s both fun and rewarding, helping you to delve into the nitty-gritty details that make up your character. For me, it helps me to pen down the loose thoughts about the character that floats around my head. It also helps me to think in directions I’ve never explored before.
Normally, I use the character questions found in KM Weiland’s Outlining your Novel Workbook. They provide a good balance between physical stuff (hair, build, clothing etc) and personality (greatest joys, flaws, general views on life etc).
Then when I’m finished with the ‘normal’ questions, I like to throw in a couple of random ones. This helps me to figure out the strange and wonderful parts of my characters in a way that normal questions can’t. And it’s super fun!
GET TO KNOW YOUR CHARACTERS
Here are some weird questions you might like to ask your character. Remember, there are no wrong answers! Allow your creativity to do its thing!
- How would you describe your character in three memes?
- While walking down the street, your character is accosted by an angry man. He insists that your character cheated him in a card game the previous evening and demands an apology/duel. How does the character react?
- Can you describe your character using only smells?
- If your character was an ice cream flavor, what would it be?
- What normal thing completely gross your character out?
- If your character could erase one thing from their memory, what would it be?
- What topic would your character always argue about, no matter the circumstances?
- Would your character kill to save a life?
- What, in their own words, is your character’s definition of true happiness?
- How would your character react to randomly slipping and falling in public?
- What is your character really terrible at, without realizing it?
I hope these questions will help you to delve deeper into your character. If you like, you can answer them in the comments!