Character interview


I am working on building up a character in my mind, and he will appear in some of my work in the future. All I was doing this I got to wondering, do any of you have a process when it comes to making a character? If so I would love to hear them.

Usually do an interview with them, and I borrowed this technique (and the interview itself), from K.M. Weiland, who I take a lot of advice from.

Anyway, this is my interview:

 

Character interview

Name:

Birthday:

Place of birth:

Parents:

What was important to the people of the raised him:

Siblings:

Economic/social status growing up:

Ethnic background:

Places lived:

Current address and phone number:

Education:

Favourite subject in school:

Special Training:

Jobs:

Salary:

Travel:

Friends:

How do people view this character:

Lives with:

Fights with:

Spends time with:

Wishes to spend time with:

Who depends on him and why:

What people does he most admire:

Enemies:

Dating/marriage:

Children:

Relationship with God:

Overall outlook on life:

Does this character like himself:

What, if anything, would he like to change about his life:

What personal demons haunt him:

Is he lying to himself about something:

Is he optimistic or pessimistic

Morality level:

Confidence level:

How is he viewed by others:

Typical day:

Physical appearance:

Physical build:

Posture:

Head shape:

Eyes:

Nose:

Mouth:

Hair:

Skin:

Tattoos/piercings/scars:

Voice:

What people notice first:

Clothing:

How would he describe himself:

What five words would he use to describe himself?

What five words would his best friend use?

Health/disabilities/handicaps:

Characteristics:

Personality type:

Strongest/weakest character traits:

How can the flipside of his strong point be a weakness?

How much self-control and self-discipline does he have:

What makes him irrationally angry:

What makes him cry:

Fears:

Talents:

What people like best about him:

Interests and favourites:

Political leaning:

Collections:

Food/drink:

Music:

Books:

Movies:

Sports/recreation:

Did he play in school:

Colour:

Best way to spend a weekend:

A great gift for this person:

Pets:

Vehicles:

What large positions does he own (car, home, furnishings, boat, etc) and which does he like best:

Typical expressions:

When happy:

When angry:

When frustrated:

When sad:

When afraid:

Idiosyncrasies:

Laughs or jeers at:

Ways to cheer up this person:

Ways to annoy this person:

Hopes and dreams:

How does he see himself accomplishing these dreams:

What’s the worst thing he’s ever done to someone and why:

Greatest success:

Biggest trauma:

What is the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to him:

What does he care about most in the world:

Does he have a secret:

If he could do one thing and succeed at it, what would it be:

He is the kind of person who:

What do you love most about this person’s character:

Will the readers sympathise with this person right away:

How was this character ordinary or extraordinary:

How is this situation ordinary or extraordinary:

Core need:

Anecdote (defining moment):

History:

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