IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHARACTER

Besides the basics, name, age, occupation, etc, these following questions help you understand your character. When you’re in the groove, they’re easy to answer. Copy these questions and paste them on your blog, word doc, or wherever you have your character’s bio. I personally use a WordPress blog for all of my character’s traits and other things. I find having a navigation menu with each character’s page much easier to organise. You can check out my character, Charlie’s answers here.

  1. How would you describe your childhood in general?
  2. What is your earliest memory?
  3. Did you enjoy school?
  4. Where did you learn most of your skills and abilities?
  5. When growing up, did you have any role models? If so, describe them.
  6. While growing up, how did you get along with the other members of your family?
  7. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  8. As a child, what kinds of personality traits did you display?
  9. As a child, were you popular? Who were your friends, and what were they like?
  10. When and with whom was your first kiss?
  11. Are you a virgin? If not, when and with whom did you lose your virginity?
  12. What do you consider the most important event of your life so far?
  13. Who has had the most influence on you?
  14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
  15. What is your greatest regret?
  16. What is the most evil thing you have ever done?
  17. Do you have a criminal record of any kind?
  18. What is the most embarrassing thing ever to happen to you?
  19. If you could change one thing from your past, what would it be, and why?
  20. What is your best memory?
  21. What is your worst memory?
  22. Are you basically optimistic or pessimistic?
  23. What is your greatest fear?
  24. What are your religious views?
  25. What are your views on sex?
  26. Are you able to kill? Under what circumstances do you find killing to be acceptable or unacceptable?
  27. In your opinion, what is the most evil thing any human being could do?
  28. How honest are you about your thoughts and feelings (i.e. do you hide your true self from others, and in what way)?
  29. What do you believe makes a successful life?
  30. In general, how do you treat others (politely, rudely, by keeping them at a distance, etc.)? Does your treatment of them change depending on how well you know them, and if so, how?
  31. Who is the person you respect the most, and why?
  32. Do you have a spouse or significant other? If so, describe this person.
  33. Have you ever been in love? If so, describe what happened.
  34. What do you look for in a potential lover?
  35. How close are you to your family?
  36. Have you started your own family? If so, describe them. If not, do you want to? Why or why not?
  37. Do you trust anyone to protect you? Who, and why?
  38. Do you tend to argue with people, or avoid conflict?
  39. Do you care what others think of you?
  40. What is/are your favorite hobbies and pastimes?
  41. What is your most treasured possession?
  42. What, if anything, do you like to read?
  43. What is your idea of good entertainment (consider music, movies, art, etc.)?
  44. Do you smoke, drink, or use drugs? If so, why? Do you want to quit?
  45. How do you spend a typical Saturday night?
  46. What makes you laugh?
  47. What, if anything, shocks or offends you?
  48. Are you spontaneous, or do you always need to have a plan?
    What are your pet peeves?
  49. Describe the routine of a normal day for you. How do you feel when this routine is disrupted?
  50. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  51. Are you generally introverted or extroverted?
  52. Name three things you consider yourself to be very good at, and three things you consider yourself to be very bad at.
  53. Do you like yourself?
  54. What goal do you most want to accomplish in your lifetime?
  55. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  56. What three words best describe your personality?
  57. What three words would others probably use to describe you?
    If you could, what advice would you, the player, give to your character? (You might even want to speak as if he or she were sitting right here in front of you, and use proper tone so he or she might heed your advice…)
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