As promised, I’ve got more questions to make you think about what you’re writing. This is all stuff I found elsewhere, either in books, on people’s blogs, or websites. They all make me think about what exactly I’m writing, and who my characters are. But, some of them are hard…
- Does this character like himself/herself?
- What if anything would he or she change about their life?
- Strongest/weakest character traits
- How can the flip side of the strong points be weaknesses and vise versa?
- How is the character ordinary or extraordinary?
- How is the situation ordinary or extraordinary?
As you can see these are harder questions, making you think more about your character than their name age, appearance, and basic back-story.
- Hmm, this is hard. I don’t think Seth likes himself, or maybe I should say he doesn’t think highly of himself.
- Seth wishes his sister never died and he could’ve lived happily with the family he used to have.
- Seth isn’t spontaneous. He thinks things through. And even though he’s in the ALT Ed program at school, he’s smarter than average, as evidenced by the tree house he built out of salvaged material. Seth’s weakness is that he feels weak, trapped first by his family situation and now by the absence of normality.
- Maybe Seth thinks too much sometimes, I’m not sure. This is another tough question. Some character strengths and weakness can easily be reversed, others, not so much.
- He’s good at figuring things out, solving problems, and even though he’s afraid sometimes, he plows through.
- I think Seth is ordinary, after all, there’s lots of kids who have crappy home lives and attend the ALT Ed program.
- I’m hoping that the situation (the apocalypse), which is extraordinary, will also make Seth extraordinary. We’ll see.
Now it’s your turn. Feel free to share in the comments!