1. People don't behave the same way all the time. In fact, they generally have a mask for every social group -- friends, family, business. Sometimes they have a different mask for different groups of friends. How does your character act around different people? How does their personality shift and change?
2. Your character has been brought to a party and promptly ditched. They don't have a ride back home. How does this work? How comfortable are they around all of these strangers? Do they interact?
3. It's kind of awkward - what subje
The most important part of this is to be thorough. I tried my best to stay away from "yes/no" questions, but elaborate. If your character is one that doesn't speak much, feel free to include their unspoken thoughts as well.
Also, I tried to stay vague so that you can fill this question out with your 16 year old high school student OC, but also with your 23 year old Ninja Warrior from feudal Japan. And probably your random closed species giraffe/shark hybrid too.
What is your full name?
What’s your Blood color? (Land or seadweller?)
What is your Trolltag and typing quirk?
How’s your vocabulary? Any particular phrase you like to use?
How old are you? When’s your Wriggling day?? (Link to an Alternian calendar in the description)
What is your name?
What is your name’s origin and meaning, and how was it chosen?
How tall are you?
Who do you live with or near, if anyone?
Where is your residence and what is it like?
What is your hometown and local culture like?
Who are your parents?
Are you married, single, seeking a relationship, avoiding romance?
What is your class/income level?
What is your income source and/or occupation?
What is your education?
What is your worldview/religion? What is your level of devotion to that philosophy?
What are your current life problems?
Who (or what) are your enemies?
What are your priorities in life?
What is your goal in life? What is your motivation for this goal?
What is your goal in this story? What is your motivation for this goal?
What changes do you undergo by the end of the story (emotional, physical, philosophical, relational, etc)?
What is your central philosophy in life?
What moral code do you follow and wh
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This is a questionnaire meant for recording important information in a convenient place to facilitate consistency.
Copy and paste text into a Sta.sh Writer, .txt, or Microsoft Word document. Highlight information after the colons and type over it. When writing, record facts about your character here to keep track of them.
The questionnaire is not a substitute for proper character development.
Do not use if you have not written any scenes with this character.
Stop and ask a doctor if you find yourself uncertain about what the answers to many of these questions are.
Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away, and purchase a new computer.
This form will give me a sense of how to draw your character! Please copy and paste this text into a note or deviation. Highlight and type over the parts that aren't in bold. You can jump back to this form for the links.
Please share as much information as you can think of! The more info you give me, the more easily I can draw your character how you envision him/her. You won't be pestering me if you tell me the exact hair color; instead, I'll be happier to know that I'm getting it right.
Premium members (and non-premium members?) can add thumbnails to literature deviations through Sta.sh! This is a great way to incorporate reference pictures. Otherwise just put in links, such as
2. The interview can be answered by any type of character (original, fan-made e.t.c).
3. Feel free to answer the optional questions below within the interview.
How are you doing?
1. Who is your partner? Tell us a bit about them.
2. How did you meet, and how did you get together?
3. What is your partner's best physical feature?
4. Name one hobby or passion of theirs.
5. Name one thing you like about their personality.
6. Name one thing you dislike about their personality.
7. What is something you absolutely love about them?
8. What is something you absolutely cannot stand about them?
9. Is your partner the romantic type? Do you want them to be?
10. What makes them special to you personally?
11. How much do you think your partner loves you?
12. Do you want to be with them for the rest of your life? Do you think you will be?
Thank for taking this interview, __________.
Optional questions, place anywhere within existing questions
This is an incredibly thorough questionnaire for your major characters. There's a reason I call it a "Dissection." I've already posted the minor character sheet for all those people you don't need to know the favorite foods and alcohol tolerances of. These are all geared toward protagonists, but can be applied to villains too.
Text in [brackets] is just for clarification of how to answer the preceding question. I will warn you that some of these explanations are exceedingly long: the ones regarding the Myers-Briggs personality type, and the one about love languages. They are long so as to explain the concepts to those unfamiliar with them. Also, since I hate writing "him or her" and I will not write "they" when the subject is singular, I am assuming masculinity in my clarifications. Y
How to effectively develop a realistic and likable character for novels and fanfiction.
Table of Contents:
I. A Name
II. Physical Attributes
III. Style & Personality
It can be assumed that developing a plot and storyline is self explanatory. If not, you can find another tutorial for that. This tutorial will focus primarily on the thought-process of creating new characters with depth.
I. A name is the first step. Try to match the character to their name, or somehow integrate the character's name into the storyline or progression of the character's maturity and personality. For example, a character who is dark and moody would probably not be named Star unless this contradiction holds some meaning in the story. (In a comedy it would have a nice effect, but in a drama or serious story, not so much).
If you can't think of a name you can go to places like babynames.com or google for assistance
How would you summarize them in one sentence or paragraph?
What does your character do?
What kind of occupation do they have in their day-to-day existence? What actions must they perform within the story?
What is your character’s backstory?
What kind of background do they come from? How has their past shaped your character’s beliefs, attitudes, and decisions?
What motivates your character?
What goals do they want to achieve, and which psychological forces motivate them to pursue these goals?
Why should we care about this character?
If your character is heroic, what qualities make them sympathetic enough to win our support? If your character is villainous, why should we root for their ultimate downfall?
What strengths does this character have?
What skills or talents do they possess that help them achieve their goals?
What weaknesses make this character vulnerable?
If your character is heroi
So, I know there are a lot of character memes and interviews out there, and while I think they're a great start, some of you may want to go into much greater depth with your characters. In my opinion, that's an absolutely fantastic idea. With that in mind, let me just say that this is going to be a MASSIVE questionnaire; some of the questions will be very basic just to warm you up, and some of them may be completely irrelevant to your character. Don't try to answer a question if it just doesn't seem right you don't want to force your character, still underdeveloped or already developed, into a situation, reaction, or anything else you know would not happen, or at least don't think would happen.
While I've put focus on some pretty in-depth things, I do hope this questionnaire can be useful to everyone interested, as a tool either to help flesh out a character, or to help organize what you already know abo
Question 1: If you were a girl... would your handwriting be nice?
Well, my handwriting is already pretty nice, so yes.
As I wrote down my answer, my writing seemed to become straighter and less crooked. My hands also felt a bit smaller and more petite.
Question 2: If you were a girl... would you like pink?
I guess. It wouldn’t be my favorite color or anything, but I would wear it and maybe have some pink decorations in my room.
While I wrote, my bedspread turned from black to a hot pink, while about a third of my large coll
> Please introduce yourself, in your own words. What are your interests?
My name is Cyril Berthault-Jacquier. I'm French, and I have lived in Brussels for the last ten years. I have frequented deviantART for more than ten years, but I have had multiple accounts in that time. I'm passionate about art in general; in photography, painting, and so on. I'm also a compulsive reader, with a particular taste for contemporary Japanese literature. That's why I chose "KizukiTamura" as a pseudonym here: Kizuki Tamura is a character from a book by Haruki Murakami.
> Where did you begin w
"Don't get too used to it. We're only here for the mission. Remember that."
"Fine...whatever you say, Captain Buzzkill."
And so continued the eternal altercation between Captain Toshiro Hitsugaya and his Vice-Captain, Rangiku Matsumoto. The two had recently been assigned to a reconnaissance mission in Karakura Town in response to the deaths of several foot soldiers and reports of sightings of a Vasto Lorde-class Arrancar. Obviously, these two occurrences were probably connected, and with an enemy of this level being within such a spiritually dense area, the Thirteen Court Guard Squads weren't willing to take any chances. So, they decided to send immediately deploy two of their highest ranking officers, two that also had the most experience within Karakura Town. Toshiro accepted the mission without so much as a second thought. Rangiku was a bit annoyed at having to be deployed into the World of the Living once again for a lowly Arrancar Hunt, but quic
> Please introduce yourself, in your own words. What are your interests?
Hi, and thank-you for the invitation! I set up my presence on deviantART under a screen-name that is German, and it means BlueBerryCake in English. It's pronounced more-or-ess like "blauw-bear-koo-khen", and was maybe not exactly the smartest idea, but now I am BBK here and that's fine.
I was born and raised in Germany, studied sociology and languages, and I've been working as a freelance translator (from English into German) for literature for quite a few years now; I love my job. Before this, I had a couple of