Character Analysis

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When you are planning to write a story, you want to give your character(s) a life, emotions, traits and so much more. Depending on the length of your story, you decide how much detail you want to put into it.

These questions can help you to develop your character(s):

  1. What do you know about the character now that (s)he doesn’t yet know?
  2. When does my character live? Past, present or future?
  3. Where does my character live? In the country, the city, the suburbs, somewhere else?
  4. What is the socioeconomic background of my character?
  5. Does my character work? If so, at what?
  6. What is a typical day for my character like?
  7. Who lives with my character and what are their relationship?
  8. Who else heavily influences my character?
  9. Is my character very religious, political or otherwise a member of some kind?
  10. What kind of self-esteem does my character have?
  11. Does my character have mental or emotional difficulties, illnesses or tics?
  12. How does my character relate to the outside world?
  13. What is the most important element to my character: family, love or career?
  14. How old is my character? What major historical events did they live through?
  15. Does my character have children? How does (s)he feels about them?
  16. Is my character manipulating or being manipulated by anyone?
  17. What is my character’s greatest fear?
  18. What is my character’s greatest flaw?
  19. What is my character’s greatest accomplishment?
  20. What is my character’s deepest regret?
  21. What is my character’s greatest hope?
  22. What is my character’s greatest disappointment?
  23. What is the character’s worst nightmare?
  24. I I met my character, how would I react to them?
  25. What music does the character sing to when no one is around?
  26. In what or whom does the character have the greatest faith?
  27. What is the character’s favorite movie, song, book, food?
  28. Does the character have a favorite item of clothing? Favorite shoes?
  29. Who is the character’s favorite person – dead or alive?
  30. What is the character’s secret wish?
  31. Does the character have an obsession?
  32. Whom does the character like to please? Why?
  33. Describe the character’s parents.
  34. Describe the character’s siblings, if any.
  35. What calms the character?
  36. What wakes the character in the middle of the night?
  37. How would a stranger describe the character?
  38. What does the character’s morning/evening routine look like?
  39. What is the character’s most notable physical attribute?
  40. If this character knew (s)he had only one more month to live, what would (s)he do?
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