Fictional writers are crazy (someone back me up here). We hear voices in our heads – they tell us their stories and we write those stories down. That’s crazy at its finest, people! So, when my head is occupied by a character that won’t leave me be it seems only right to try and get to know them. I do it by interviewing them. Yup, just me, my laptop and that squatter in my head – having a little chat. Here’s the questions I like to ask.
CHARACTER INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
1. What’s your name?
2. How old are you?
3. What do you look like?
4. Do you have any friends?
5. What about family? Tell me about them.
6. Do you like to try new things?
7. Are you shy?
8. What scares you?
9. What makes you angry?
10. What do you do when you’re angry?
11. What’s your biggest secret?
12. Any hidden talents?
13. Who do you long for?
14. Have you ever been in love?
15. What are you most proud of?
When I interview my characters I let the voice in my head ramble, writing down every word. Their answers are eye opening! Some of the characters aren’t talkers, so their answers are short. Some ramble on for ever. Some are sarcastic and you can hear that in their replies. Others are serious and straightforward. I even find that as the character unfolds for me through these questions, I add on other questions – like “tell me about where you’re from” (especially for my fantasy characters). Or for my school based characters, I like to ask them about school.
These questions are really just a springboard to get the conversation started. They help me get to know my characters more intricately so I can write them in better detail, making them fuller and richer than they would have been otherwise.
Now it’s time to interview you -your answers can go in the comments below 😉 So… tell me how you get to know the characters living in your head? What’s your method?
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