Monday, April 27, 2020

W Questions for Characters #AtoZChallenge

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My theme this year is blogging about my author brand. Mondays' posts are on Characters or Settings.

#AtoZChallenge 2020 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter W

W Questions for Characters

Here are some questions to use when creating a character:

What are my strengths?
What are my short-term goals?
What are my long-term goals?
What is my proudest accomplishment?
What is my biggest failure?

Who matters most to me?
Who are my support people?
Of what am I ashamed?
What am I worried about?
Where do I feel the safest?
What or who gives me comfort?
If I wasn’t afraid, I would ___________
What does my inner critic tell me?
What do I do to show myself self-compassion and self-care?
Am I an introvert or an extrovert? Am I energized being around others or being by myself? What proves this in the story?

What do I like to do for fun?
What new activities am I interested in or willing to try?
What do I like about my job? What do I dislike?
What is my biggest passion?
What is my happiest memory?
What do my dreams tell me?

What are my values? What do I believe in? (consider politics, religion, social issues)
If I could have one wish, it would be ___________
Am I a night owl or an early bird, and in what ways can I arrange my life to better suit this part of my nature?

What is my favorite:

  • Book? 
  • Movie? 
  • Band? 
  • Food? 
  • Color? 
  • Animal?

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How much time do you spend on character creation?
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  1. What an interesting choice of theme, J! As a fellow author, I found your posts quite helpful. I intend to return post April and read your series. Hope you are doing well. Stay safe and take care.

  2. I think I need to get to all of your posts. I've never thought so much about my characters. I just try to feel them. But I guess reading more of you will give me a better idea on how to move. Thank you. Wish you good health

  3. This is amazing. I didn't think one had to build a character with so many parameters around it to answer.

  4. Wow, I didn’t think it was necessary to build so much a character! Interesting post, even if I'm not a writer.
    W is for Women

  5. Great character questions. I've done this in the past but got away from it. Now I wonder why?

  6. Well, this is quite interesting. I never thought of myself quite in that way. You kind of leave the raising of a person up to mom & dad & then when you're raising your own offspring. Hmmmm interesting! Thanks for sharing and stopping by.

  7. Questions are always a great way to start thinking about your characters! Great list.

    Hope you're holding up well during this tough Challenge! You're very close to The End. Congratulations

  8. This is a great list for developing characters and very timely as I'm working on mine right now. Some of these, such as "of what I am ashamed?" I wouldn't have thought of, but could be really helpful in understanding a character.

  9. Excellent list! I especially like the question about what the character is ashamed of -- can add so much depth.

    An A-Z of Faerie: Witches

  10. Interesting. I'll have to look at the other letters.


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