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20 Questions for Characters

Physical description:

  1. Name:
  2. Age:
  3. Sex:
  4. Ethnicity:
  5. Description of features and mannerisms:

Personal/professional history:

  1. Education:
  2. Occupation:
  3. Description of parents:
  4. Description of upbringing/childhood:
  5. Main relationships:
  6. Type/intensity of religion, if any:

Personality:

  1. Basic personality traits (thoughtful, angry, goofy, etc.)
  2. Shortcomings/weaknesses:
  3. Strengths/special abilities:

What makes this character tick?

  1. Driving motivation(s) or goals:

Interrogate your character:

  1. Dirty secret:
  2. First love:
  3. Favorite music and/or art:
  4. Incident that created a scar, either physical or mental:
  5. Describe a turning point in character’s life:

OK, now sum this character up in a sentence or two. Include a sketchy physical description, mention qualities that work for and against him/her, and mention his/her main motivations.