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Questions to Ask Your Character

Exercise #116 : "Questions to Ask Your Character"

These questions will help you flesh out a character. For the purpose of this exercise, the character you choose may be one who appears in a piece you're working on or even a new one. Feel free to change the gender and, if it suits, change or add to the questions.

What does he think of:
  • Elton John
  • The Pope
  • Richard Nixon
  • Madonna
  • Country music
  • Blogs
  • Cell phones
  • Pickup trucks
  • McDonald's
  • Japan
  • Golf
  • Ice-skating competitions on tv
  • His local bookstore
  • His priest / minister / rabbi (or other)
  • Camembert cheese
  • His local (or nearest) zoo
  • Small and nicely brushed, Pedigree dogs
  • Elves
  • Mushroom soup
  • Beer
  • The New York Times
  • You
Hmm... I'm choosing Pickett for this one. He's a man's man and doesn't take crap from anyone. I think several of these topics might prove fruitful if only in the humorous aspect. He lives in the distant future, so we'll assume that he has a really strong grasp of human history, including pop culture.

Elton John - Pansy.
The Pope - Fluffy white robes, dumb looking hat... He's no better than Elton John.
Richard Nixon - You know, I don't see what all the big fuss was about. We've had much worse than him since then. He was only doing what was right for him and his.
Madonna - I say it again, not that big of a deal. Move on, people.
Country music - It's actually pretty catchy, but you'd better not tell anyone. Or else...
Blogs - I don't have the diligence to do that sort of thing. Plus, I don't have time to read. They're mostly just whiny little kids telling the world their problems.
Cellphones - A necessary evil. If it were up to me, I'd just fall of the radar for a year and not contact anyone.
Pickup Trucks - Obsolete. Who needs a land vehicle when you can travel by air?
McDonald's - Death on a bun. No, thank you. And people thought they had it bad 1000 years ago.
Japan - Which one is that? Oh, right. The World War II guys... Well, them and Germany, but you know what I mean. Really interesting culture and history, but I've never been there. I haven't been to Earth in a long time.
Golf - Boring.
Ice-Skating competitions on TV - Pansies. All of them.
His Local Bookstore - I don't really have one. I'm on the Spectre (pirate ship) all the time, so reading isn't really much of a priority.
His Priest / Minister / Rabbi (or other) - Nada.
Camembert Cheese - Real cheese? Haven't had any non-synthetic stuff in years, and even then it was only cheddar. I'm sure it's great.
His local (or nearest) zoo - Once again, I live on a ship. Zoos and bookstores aren't the first places I visit when we take port.
Small and nicely brushed, Pedigree dogs - Those aren't dogs. They're stuffed animals.
Elves - Pretty cool, but a bit feminine for me. Men should be men.
Mushroom soup - You mean slightly flavored broth? Give me some meat.
Beer - Man's best friend.
The New York Times - I don't live on Earth, so... I've actually never read it.
You (as in the author, Stef) - An opera-singing writer? She's obviously chosen 2 really lucrative careers......................

That was fun! :) I think I'll do this for all of my characters (with additional questions, of course) to help me get to know them better. It was neat putting myself in his shoes and writing as him, in his voice. I very highly recommend it.

If you guys have done or are going to do this exercise, what kind of questions would you ask to get to know your character?

Well, that's all for today. I hope you had fun!



Anna said…
LOL. Love this list. And I'm going to do my first NaNoWriMo this year... I signed up the other day so I wouldn't forget :-P
Stef Howerton said…
haha I really enjoyed doing it. :)

So happy to hear that you've jumped on the NaNo bandwagon! It's a whirlwind, but it's a lot of fun.

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