August 25, 2006, Newsletter Issue #75: Characterization

Tip of the Week

Take a few moments and answer the following questions about the protagonist in your story. This will help you generate ideas about where the story will go and how it will develop during revision. Keep in mind that there may and can be multiple answers for each.

*What does my character want?
*What does he fear?
*How does he deal with his emotions?
*What are his social and intimate relationships like?
*What are his past experiences, and how does he regard them?
*What does he view (or not view) as responsibilities to himself and others?
*What elements of the spiritual does he exhibit, and how does he deal with them?
*What does he do for a living?
*What does he do for leisure?
*What failures does he secretly hold himself accountable for?
*What biases or prejudices motivate his behavior?
*Are there any "catch phrases" or verbal quips that are unique to him?
*Does he dream at night? If so, of what?
*Where does he go in his daydreams?
*What strikes him as humorous/non-humorous?
*What does he take seriously or fail to take seriously?

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