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36 Questions

To Make Your Reader Fall In Love With Your Character

  1. Given the choice to dine with anyone alive right now, whom would your character like to eat with?

  2. Would your character like to be famous? What is their claim to fame?

  3. Before making a telephone call, does your character rehearse what they are going to say? Why?

  4. What constitutes a “perfect” day for your character?

  5. Does your character sing? When did they last sing to themself? To someone else?

  6. If your character lived to the age of 90, would they prefer to have the mind or a body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of their life?

  7. Does your character have a secret hunch about how they will die?

  8. Name three things that your character and their partner/ideal partner have in common.

  9. What does your character feel most grateful for in their life?

  10. If your character could change anything about the way they were raised, what would it be?

  11. Set a timer for four minutes. In as much detail as possible, describe your character’s life story.

  12. If your character were to wake up tomorrow with one new quality or ability, what would it be?

  13. What does friendship mean to your character?

  14. What roles do love and affection play in your character’s life?

  15. Name five positive characteristics about your character.

  16. How close and warm is your character’s family? Do they believe they had a happier childhood than most?

  17. How does your character feel about their relationship with their mother?

  18. Have your character make three true “I” statements (i.e. “I am in this place feeling…).

  19. If a crystal ball could tell your character the truth about anything, what would they want to know?

  20. Is there something that your character has dreamt of doing for a long time? Why haven’t they done it?

  21. What is the greatest accomplishment of your character’s life?

  22. What does your character value most in friendship?

  23. What is your character’s most treasured memory?

  24. What is your character’s most terrible memory?

  25. If your character knew that in one year they would die suddenly, would they change anything about the way they are living? Why?

  26. Have your character complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share…”

  27. If you were to become a close friend of your character, name something important that they would want you to know.

  28. What is something you like about your character?

  29. Name an embarrassing moment in your character’s life.

  30. When did your character last cry in front of another person? By themself?

  31. Have your character say something that they like about themself.

  32. What, if anything, is something that your character believes is too serious to be joked about?

  33. If your character were to die today without any opportunity to say anything to anyone, what would they most regret not being able to voice? Why haven’t they said it already?

  34. Your character’s house catches fire. After saving loved ones and pets, what is one thing that your character would try to save if they had the opportunity?

  35. Of all the people in your character’s family, what death would they find most disturbing? Why?

  36. What is one personal problem that your character is struggling with at the moment? Name some ways you would suggest they solve it.

Bonus Question:

Even if your character doesn’t believe in fate, what do they believe is their greatest life purpose? How are they working to achieve it?

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