The sub-moronic ramblings of a semi-functioning illiterate

A Character Says What?

I started writing in earnest in the spring of 2009. Back then, my friend and I would email little snippets of our writing to each other for critique. Because we were just getting a feel for character development, we decided to visit a few writing sites for ideas. One of the ideas we liked was to ask our characters twenty questions. That concept was a great place to start, but the questions were fairly basic. Me being me, I decided to create my own list of questions to really put ourselves in the hearts and minds of our characters. I found them to be helpful even today with my new characters. I hope you do too.

1. What is each character’s zodiac sign?
2. Each character wakes up one Sunday morning to find they’ve unexpectedly got the house to themselves. What does each one do?
3. What was each character’s favorite Halloween costume?
4. What is each character’s most annoying habit?
5. Why is each character’s drink of choice?
6. Each wins a million dollars. What’s the first thing they buy?
7. First band/singer each saw in concert.
8. What is each character’s favorite ice cream?
9. What did each character want to be when they grew up?
10. Which one is left handed? (please make someone left-handed)
11. Who are they named after, and why?
12. What sports team(s) do they root for?
13. What does each character drive? (Pick-up, sedan, minivan, convertible)
14. What does each character suck at most?
15. Which one is the morning person? Who’s the night owl?
16. Who is each character’s secret celebrity crush?
17. Who was their first love?
18. What is each character’s favorite movie?
19. What is each character like when they are sick?
20. What is the one thing each of them would never let on about themselves?

23 responses

  1. Love these!! Thanks for sharing.

    January 3, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    • Thank you!

      January 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm

  2. Interesting perspective. I now understand that as a fictional character, I am a dull motherfucker. However, I’d add some other questions:
    – Character’s toilet paper: over, or under?
    – How does your character react when the internet goes out?
    – Your character buys a pickup… Chevy, or that other brand?

    January 4, 2018 at 9:37 am

    • oooo…those are good. Here’s another one: Go Army or Go Navy? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      January 4, 2018 at 1:10 pm


        January 4, 2018 at 1:23 pm

  3. As Patton used to say… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    January 4, 2018 at 1:35 pm

  4. I just talk to them in my head.

    January 4, 2018 at 6:33 pm

  5. They tell me who they are.

    January 4, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    • I thought I was the only one!

      January 4, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      • No. I talk to them when I am driving, or in the shower. If I am at the store, I ask them what they would buy. This is particularly fun with the aliens.

        January 5, 2018 at 5:36 pm

        • The aliens, huh? I wonder what type of shampoo they prefer…

          January 12, 2018 at 11:10 am

          • Most, it turns out, do not have hair as we know it. The rest like Prell. Not because it is good, but it does sound like an alien name… which is the fun and tricky part of sci-fi writing… coming up with good alien names.

            January 12, 2018 at 11:34 am

            • Hmm…an alien named PRELL who has no concept of hair. Yup. I’d read that.

              January 12, 2018 at 12:50 pm

  6. Chinese or western zodiac?

    January 6, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    • That’s another good one! I found out that I am a Capricorn/Metal Rat. I can live with that.

      January 12, 2018 at 11:11 am

      • I’m an earth dog which is uncomfortably accurate.

        January 12, 2018 at 12:10 pm

        • “Earth Dog” is my new early seventies tribute band name.

          January 12, 2018 at 12:49 pm

  7. I have to tell you, I keep going back to this list as I get to know the characters in my new book and these questions are genius!! It has really given me a jump on who they are and how they want to be written. Thanks again. ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 8, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    • That’s great! Other places I like to visit are sites that have in depth zodiac sign analysis. It’s a good jumping off spot for new characters.

      February 8, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      • Oddly enough, my new protagonist is obsessed with studying serial killers and named his dog Zodo (Zodiac Dog).

        February 8, 2018 at 7:55 pm