From Adults to Teens and Everything In Between

From Adults to Teens and Everything In Between

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Three Questions: Getting to Know Your Character

So, here's a quick quiz for you.  How well do you know your character?  Can you answer these three questions about him/her?

1)  What kind of underwear does your character wear?  Tighty whities?  Boxer briefs?  Bikini?  Commando?  Underwear choice says a lot about a person. 

2)  If your character saw a penny laying on the ground, would they stoop to pick it up?  Would they pick it up only if it were "heads up" because they are superstitious?  Would they pick it up because they were so broke that they needed a measly penny?  Would they step over it?  Would they miss it completely because they have their head in the clouds?
 
 3)  Who would your character take a bullet for?  Their family?  A friend?  What about their boss?  How about a complete stranger?  Nobody? 

Obviously, your reader doesn't need to know your answers. (Unless you are writing romance, in which case, question number one may be of paramount importance.)  However, the better able YOU are to answer these things then the more rich and complex your character will ultimately be!

Happy writing!!

Some days, you can find Beth here:  bethnbijoux

4 comments:

  1. You have a fabulous blog! I’m an author and illustrator and I made some awards to give fellow bloggers whose sites I enjoy. I want to award you with one of my homemade awards: the Brilliant Writer Blog Award. There are no pass along requirements. This is just to reward you for all the hard work you do!

    Go to http://astorybookworld.blogspot.com/p/awards.html and pick up your award.
    ~Deirdra

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    1. Deirdra, WOW! Thank you so much for such nice words and the award. As you can see, we are happy to claim it! And I must say, you have a wonderful blog yourself...I encourage all writers to visit A Storybook World!

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  2. Okay, the penny question just opened up a whole new insight to my teen character. Thank you! Sometimes those small sparks start the biggest fires.

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    1. Hi Diane J.! I am so glad that you found the penny question helpful :) I have to say, I learned that from an awesome writing instructor many (many) years ago and it was just one of those things that always stuck with me. I truly believe that the better you know your character, the better your story will be. (And Joe, if you are out there, thanks for the insight!)

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