- Can we create a situation where our character is unprepared? In over his head?
- In the beginning, what distinguishes this character from other people?
- What external situation will require the protagonist's participation throughout the course of the book?
- What is the character's goal for the time the book covers?
- How does this connect with the external situation? Or does the external situation divert the character from his goal? Why does the protagonist SAY he/she wants the goal? Is there a deeper motivation as yet unknown to him/her?
- What do you want to happen at the end of the book?
- What will have to happen to the protagonist against his will to make your ending come about?
- I'm sure I can but I haven't yet.
- There is something, but I'm going to keep that to myself for now.
- The murder investigation.
- Solving the murder - but there may be some other goals that arise over the course of the book.
- There is a deeper motivation behind the reason Beck wants to solve the case but again, I'm going to hold that back.
- Here's another hard question I don't have the answer to. Then again, does something HAVE to happen? Ooh, wait...I think I just thought of something!!! See? Isn't this fun?
Okay. Your turn now, though I'll understand if you don't want to give full answers to some of these questions! I also hope this was helpful and if anyone wants my full list of character development questions et al, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll be happy to share :)