Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Character Questions or a Question of Character?

So I stumbled upon these questions the other day, I think on Julie Musil's blog ... it was a link and I copied down these nine questions to ask your characters in order to gain better insight on them. I love these kinds of things. I've found that writing my first draft--after doing brief character sketches--gets the ball rolling.

After my first draft, and once I've gotten to know my characters pretty well, I start a series of interviews before I go in to do revisions. That way, I can tweak away to make sure their essence rings through in the story.

I thought it'd be fun to not only leave you this short list of character questions, but to answer them myself so you can get to know me better.

1. How do you learn best?  I'm a hands-on, visual person. I have to see it, and best if I can try it. Then, I never forget it.

2. How open are you to new ideas?  Very! I love new ideas and have a very progressive way of thinking.

3. What's the first thing you notice when you walk into a party? Open spaces. I hate crowds and I always go for a opening. But I love parties, too... as long as I've got my space.

4. Is one sense more developed than the others? My hearing has probably been dulled from my early years of concerts, raves, and loud parties. My smeller is pretty average. But my sight has always been 20/15. I can be at a rowdy, crowded party and I'll notice a little spider in the far corner of the ceiling.

5. Do you notice problems around you? Always. I have a strong sense of conflict in the air as well as empathy for others who are feeling down. My daughter takes after me with this. She's 4 but I can see the same trait in her already.

6. Optimist or pessimist? Optimist

7. Are you more interested in past, present, or future? Future

8. How do you decide if you trust someone? Vibes. I pick up on peep's vibes. If it's really negative I don't trust them. Otherwise, I'm a really trusting person.

9. Are you a deliberate, careful speaker or do you speak without thinking? My words are usually well chosen, though my hubby would probably disagree. ;)


Regina Linton is having a giveaway on her blog, Unsettled, so feel free to click over and check it out!

Also, there' still time to enter My Favorite Things Giveaway... just click on the pic to the right.

If you're American, wishing you a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday with lots of good food, family, and friends! I'm off to see Harry Potter at the Imax today (my Bday gift from my son). YAY!


                                                         
                                    

Do you have any methods on building  your characters? Any great questions you ask them? Please share ....

15 comments:

Catana/Sylvie Mac said...

That's the first character list I've seen that didn't concentrate on superficials like color of hair, number of siblings, etc. If you don't know how your character thinks and functions, you don't know your character.

T C Mckee said...

This is an awesome list. I'm going to put it to good use. I usually do something a little similar, only I end up visualizing my characters more in my head than on paper first. I tried to IM you but I may not have done something right. Anyway, I wanted to tell you that I used your WIP name on purpose. I thought it was a good choice and technically since it isn't published you could still use it in the contest. If you don't want to use it though, I'll take it out of the list for you. It's no problem. Totally understand. If you win,I was going to put a clause in there that we get to hunt down anyone who tries to steal it. I know people... We could make that happen. Muuhaha. Let me know. You can email me if you want tcmckee34@gmail.com

Regina said...

This list is great and a nice way to feel your way around to undress the inner thinking and feelings of your characters.

I just took my three boys to see HP 7 pt 1 last night and we all loved it. However, we looked like drown rats when we left because it was raining so bad we were under a tornado watch all night. It went from days of 32 up to 68 yesterday so that caused some problems. lol

Regina said...

Also thanks for the mention. You are too good to me!

Quinn said...

Cool questions and good to get to know you better. Hope you enjoy Harry Potter and (I'm not sure of the exact day, but ...) Happy Birthday!

The Golden Eagle said...

It was great learning more about you! These are good questions for characters, too; they're not superficial.

LTM said...

these are great! I love exercises like these--gets the wheels turning~ Thanks, P! :o)

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

I found your blog through Regina! And somehow I missed that she was having a giveaway...hmm. Well, the truth is, I've stopped entering giveaways. I won so many in a row not long ago, that I figured I'd pushed my luck enough...

Great post! Such a great way to get to know yourself and who you are as a writer!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Super questions and answers. They make you really examine yourself, don't they?

Oddyoddyo13 said...

Those are some great questions! I loved your answer on number nine, haha. I can relate. :)

William Kendall said...

That's a great idea to run with!

William Kendall said...

It appears you're getting a few Versatile Blogger notices, PK. I gave you one too.

Rachael Harrie said...

Thanks for the character study questions - I need to do that with my characters soon.

Hope you enjoy(ed) HP!!!

Rach

Maria McKenzie said...

Hi Pk! Awesome post:). Love the questions. I'll have to ask those of the characters I'm currently revising.

Norma Beishir said...

Hey, PK--finally! I've been reading your blogs, but having big problems posting!

I've seen a lot of methods for character development, but yours is one of the best!