Here’s another round of a few questions you can ask of one of your fictional characters to help you flesh him or her out a bit more. The number you decide to answer will probably depend on how much detail you go into—the more inspiration you find in a single question, the fewer you need to explore on the whole. If you really want a ton of questions to choose from you can visit our page of writers’ resources, which has a link to our pdf of 365 character questions, but I recommend only answering a few questions per character so as not to burn out on an individual character.
- Cattle: Does your character own, work with, or have responsibility for any sort of livestock?
- Charred: What’s a memorable experience your character has had with fire?
- Cobalt: What does your character think of when he pictures or sees a deep cobalt blue color?
- Cranberries: If your character does any sort of cooking, what would she make with a tart berry such as cranberries?
Sometimes the most unlikely or seemingly meaningless question can yield unexpectedly interesting results. You never know which characters are hiding odd habits, abilities, or events from you. Any strong word—particularly a verb or noun—can be used as the basis for a question, so if these options don’t do it for you, look for more options elsewhere. Grab a dictionary and flip pages until you find a word that you can work with.
If you prefer to write non-fiction rather than fiction, always feel free to ask character-building questions of yourself and journal about the answers.