I’m not a fan of character questionnaires because they often don’t actually help you develop your character. You might know a lot about them, but do you understand them? Do you really know who they are?

I’ve put together a list of 30 questions you should ask your characters – and I mean actually ask – to help you understand them, rather than just knowing things about them that won’t help you write their story. I want you to interview your character so that you can write their responses in their voice

30 Questions You Should Ask Your Characters

  1. What would need to happen for you to consider yourself at rock bottom?
  2. What would need to happen for you to consider yourself perfectly happy?
  3. What five things do you value the most?
  4. How do you react when your friends and loved ones flout these values?
  5. What is the personal quality you are most ashamed of? 
  6. What is the one thing you would never do no matter what? 
  7. What is the one thing that you would do even if you knew it wasn’t a good idea? 
  8. What are you good at?
  9. What are you bad at?
  10. Do you like who you are?
  11. What do you like about yourself?
  12. What do you wish you could change about yourself?
  13. What’s the worst physical pain you have ever felt?
  14. What’s the worst emotional pain you’ve ever felt?
  15. Who do you think is above you?
  16. Who do you think is beneath you?
  17. What have been the biggest struggles in your life?
  18. What have been your greatest achievements? 
  19. What do you think makes a person evil?
  20. What do you think makes a person good? 
  21. Are you open-minded or narrow-minded? 
  22. How is your bedroom decorated? Did you decorate it that way? If you could decorate it differently, how would it look?
  23. Describe your ideal Saturday. 
  24. Are you biased or prejudiced against anything or anyone? Even secretly or shamefully?
  25. Are you a leader or a follower?
  26. How do you deal with conflict? In what situations would you deal with conflict differently?
  27. To what extent do you care what others think of you? 
  28. If you had the opportunity to bring in one change in political policy, what would it be?
  29. Do you have any memories that make you wince?
  30. What would you make a scene in public about?

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