My writing room (den) is such a mess, there is no place for my husband to sit down when he comes in to talk to me. He offered to buy me a bookcase. Should I take him up on the offer? Absolutely! OK, I’m starting to clean up my piles. Here’s a questionnaire I got at an SCBWI workshop in October of 2011 with Emma Dryden. I’ve typed it up to save it and use it (if I don’t lose it in the electronic maze of writing on my computer.) I know my stories would be stronger if I had asked these questions of my main characters. So—New Year’s Resolutions—clean up my room and use these questionnaires. Happy writing! Christy
Getting to know your main character
Questions for the Author
Who is your main character?
What does he or she want?
What is the main character’s driving question?
What are your main character’s motives?
What emotions do you want to evoke?
What will happen in the story?
What do you want to accomplish?
What do you like or dislike about the main character?
Survey for your main character
What do you like/dislike? What do you love/hate?
What are your favorite foods, colors, school subjects, clothes, music, etc.?
Who are your best friends? Why?
Who are your enemies? Why?
What is your last relationship with love?
What is your relationship with your parents? Siblings?
What kind of girls/ boys do you date? Why?
Where do you go to be alone?
Do you have faith? In what?
What is the worst thing that can happen to you? Has it happened?
What is your darkest secret?
Can your voice made a difference?
What is your definition of home?
Where to do belong?