Are you struggling with a certain character? Perhaps wanting to know all your characters better? Answering these twenty-five questions can help you find out both the nitty gritty and the deepest darkest.
Some creative imagery prior to beginning is helpful. Before you ask the first question, take a moment to picture your character in the room with you, sitting in a spot that suits them. If it helps to ask the questions aloud, feel free to do so. Be sure to save your answers; you'll be referring to them frequently.
Good luck, and have fun!
Character Interview Questions
Note: These questions can be answered in first or third person; however, answering them in first person will help you nail your character’s voice (even if your story is written in third person.)
- How old are you?
- If the house burned down, what one thing would you want to take with you?
- Describe your hands.
- Describe your nightstand, dresser, or bathroom counter. What’s on top of it? In it?
- What is your favorite food?
- Describe your economic/political status.
- Where do you have a scar or birthmark? Describe circumstances surrounding your scars.
- What is the last book you read? What did you think of it?
- Do you have an embarrassing habit?
- Give one vivid memory of a parent or parental figure.
- What is a dream (in sleep) you often have?
- Do you have a lifelong dream or aspiration?
- How do you go to sleep, and how do you wake up? (i.e. position in bed, etc.)
- What is the last thing you wrote?
- What grosses you out?
- Who is the person you like the least? Why?
- Tell me about the last time you cried.
- What is something you feel guilty about?
- Describe what you do when you look in a mirror.
- Describe yourself sitting in your favorite spot.
- Tell me about a very treasured item.
- Do you have a nervous tic or habit?
- Tell me about your siblings…if you have them.
- What is your favorite sound?
- What is your favorite smell?
I would love to know how this works for you! Leave a comment or drop me an email (address at right.)
*Special thanks to Julie Pullman, who shared this list, and who mentors the Literati Aspiring Teen Authors Group with me.