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PostSubject: Character Building Questions   Sat Jul 25, 2009 8:26 pm

Originally pasted on the MandoMercs forum by Memorught, this is a series of questions for your bad days. These are designed to better get into the head of your chosen character, really know them all the way around, and hopefully help you write them when you're having a hard time, or a reliable and changeable resource once you finish filling this out.

This is also applicable for RP characters as well, I suppose. :O



The Questions

Date this form was created:
Full name of Character:
Reason, meaning or purpose behind the name:
Nickname:
Reason for nickname:
Race:
Occupation:
Social class:

Physical Appearance

Age:
How old they appear:
Eye Color:
Glasses or contacts?
Hair color, length, and style:
Weight and height:
Type of body (build):
Skin tone and type (i.e. hairy, slimy, scaly, oily, fair, burns easily):
Shape of face:
Distinguishing marks (dimples, moles, scars, birthmarks, etc.):
Predominant feature:
Is s/he healthy?
If not, why not? Or why are they healthy?
Do they look healthy? Why/why not?

Favorites

Char’s favorite color:
Least favorite; why?
Music?
Least favorite music; why?
Food:
Literature:
Expressions:
Expletives:
Mode of transport:
Hobbies:
How do they spend a rainy day?

Personality

Are they a daredevil or cautious?
Do they act the same alone as when with someone?
Habits:
Drinks (as in alcohol):
How much:
Greatest Strength:
Greatest Weakness:
Soft spot:
Is their soft spot obvious, why/why not:
If not, how do they hide it:
Biggest Vulnerability:

Background

Hometown:
Type of childhood:
First Memory:
Most important childhood event that still effects him/her:
Why?
Education:
Religion:
Finances:

Family

Mother:
Relationship with her:
Father:
Relationship with him:
Siblings, how many, relationship with each:
Children of siblings:
Other extended family:
Are they close? Why/why not:

Attitude

Most at ease when:
Most ill at ease when:
Priorities:
Philosophies:
How they feel about themselves:
Past failure they would be embarrassed to admit:
Why?
If granted one wish what would it be; why?

Traits

Optimist or pessimist? Why?
Introvert or extrovert? Why?
Drives and motives:
Talents:
Extremely skilled at:
Extremely unskilled at:
Good characteristics:
Character flaws:
Mannerisms:
Peculiarities:
Biggest regret:
Minor regrets:
Biggest accomplishment:
Minor accomplishments:
Darkest secret:
Does anyone know?
How did they find out:

Self-perception

One word they would use to describe themselves:
One paragraph of how they would describe themselves:
What do they consider their best physical characteristic and why:
The worst one? Why?
Are these realistic assessments?
If not, why not?
How they think others perceive them:
What four things would they most like to change about themselves:
Why?
If these were changed would they be the same person; why/why not:
Would changing of the number 1 thing make them more happy? Why/why not:

Interaction with other people

How do they relate to others:
How are they perceived by strangers:
By friends:
By their wife/husband/lover:
By the Hero/Heroine:
How do they view the Hero/Heroine:
First impression most people get of this character:
Why?
What happens to change this perception:
What do people like most about this character:
What do they dislike most about them:

Goals

Immediate:
Long term:
How do they plan to accomplish them:
How will others be effected by this:

Problems/Crisis

How do they react in a crisis:
How do they face problems:
Kind of problems they usually run into:
How they react to new problems:
How they react to change:

General

Favorite clothing; why:
Least favorite; why:
Jewelry:
Other accessories:
Drives:
Where do they live:
Where do they want to live:
Spending habits; why:
What do they do too much of; why:
Most prized possession; why:
People they secretly admire; why:
Person they are most influenced by; why:
Most important person in their life before story starts; why:
How do they spend the week just before the story starts?
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PostSubject: Re: Character Building Questions   Sun Jul 26, 2009 2:35 am

That's awesome, I was in the process of doing something similar in my story site (located here, but it's more like a construction project than a real publishing thing) cause I'm kind of stuck...

I won't post the questions here because it would be too long for a post. Thanks so much!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Character Building Questions   Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:21 am

Oh man, I really need this for numerous reasons. I'll have to tackle this soon so I can work out the kinks in a couple of my characters. Thanks for sharing it! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Character Building Questions   Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:28 pm

Kandossi!(awesome)
I usually relied more on drawing my characters to then describe em but this would certainly help add far more depth to them! Thanks for the post.
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PostSubject: Re: Character Building Questions   Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:59 am

I think that's exactely what I needed to get my story going. Thanks a lot for sharing!
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