Today I would like to highlight ten basic questions I pose for every character I create. I do this before I begin every novel in order to get to know my characters. My writing flows more smoothly when I already have an idea of who my characters are and how they would respond in certain situations. Today I spent the day getting to know Drew, a character in One Complicated Summer. I saved everything to my computer and I will refer to it often as I craft his story.
Here is a small sample of the questions:
1- What is his name? Does he have a nickname? Who calls him by his nickname and why?
2- When is his birthday?
3- What is his body type? Tall? Short? Why does it matter?
4- What color hair and eyes does he have?
5- Does he have a quirk, like cracking his knuckles or running his hand through his sloppy hair?
6- How many siblings does he have and what are their ages? Are his parents married, or are they divorced, or is he being raised by a single parent? What role does it play in his personality?
7 – What sports does he play?
8- What does he do in his free time? Why?
9- Is he a good student? Why or why not? How is it significant?
10 – What is his personality flaw?
Hope this list helps with your writing. Do you have a favorite question you use to get to know your characters better?