Getting to Know a Standoffish Character

You created them, yet you don’t know them. You’re the one crafting them, but they’re managing to keep secrets. How can this be? Characters are like that.  If you’ve got one or two who just won’t let you in–yes, somehow they have that power, pose a few questions to them and see what they have to say. Threaten to cut them from the story if you have to. They really hate that and it makes them more likely to spill the beans. But promise that you’ll write down what they say no matter what. It’s a balance of trust and neither of you can break it. No one word answers. They have to tell the whole story, and you have to write it. And go….


What’s the kindest thing you ever did?

What is the most selfish thing you ever did?

What’s your biggest fear? 

What is your  greatest hope?

What is the one mistake that haunts you, and you could be undone?

What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen?

When was the last time you cried and why?

What is in your  pocket right now?

What was the last lie you told?

What is the one secret that you keep at all costs? Why?


Wow. Ok, now you know. Let’s get this characters story told!



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