When Creating Characters

So when it comes to creating characters, there are a TON of “questionnaires” for your story characters, so when you go to create them, you know everything.

Down to their Social Security number.

And if that doesn’t scream creepy-suspicious, I don’t know what does. (Or maybe it’s going to a higher-end restaurant, and still having your CARDS STOLEN, by someone who couldn’t afford four dollars from the Red Box, so they steal it from a SIXTEEN year old, who has to pay for COLLEGE and a CAR. It’s been a long week).

That being said, here a list of questions for your character that I find to be the most important (mainly ideas being pulled from a few different choice questionnaires, one even from Proust).

1. What’s your full name?

2. In ten words, how would you describe your flaws?

3. What’s the least favorite thing about you?

4. Retrospectively, how would you describe your perks?

5. What’s the favorite thing about you?

6. How would you describe your stance with your family in ten words?

7.  What is your greatest fear?

8. What is one quark of yours that doesn’t seem that big of deal, but is in your eyes?

9. Do you have any distinguishable scars that few people know about?

10. What was the best moment in your life?

11. What was the most trying moment in your life?

12. Given a chance, how would you change a recent situation that you feel disdain towards?

13. Emotionally, what is your biggest pet peeve?

14. What is one song you would use to describe you and your life?

15. Throughout the years we have lost lives that should never have gone the way they should? How would you save them? Who would you save, if you could choose one life?


I more-or-less wrote this Questionnaire on the idea that you’re building off of your characters flaws, and weaknesses. Rather then starting with appearance, I’ve found myself struggling to keep in mind what keeps a character running.

For example, when writing a character that might have experienced a death of their parent, due to cancer, their response to each once might vary. Often times these are questions we might find ourselves unintentionally asking characters, as we read or watch works of others. Fast and The Furious wouldn’t be great, if it wasn’t family driven, if connections wasn’t a motivation. The characters wouldn’t be as enjoyable, and would be less developed. It would be like Mr.Smith Goes to Washington, only Mr.Smith doesn’t go to Washington and spend days fighting to make a point, because Mr.Smith doesn’t care.

So, that being said, I’d say that when writing characters, knowing looks and age will most definitely help, however, knowing what makes them would be the most important.

Someone might answer the question about scars about something physical, but a character that’s more philosophical would respond with something more deep.

And that concludes today’s Writer’s Square.

I want to apologize for the lack of posts, my past week has been filled with fun, fun meetings, work and you know, movies I almost payed for but never got to watch.

That being said, I hope ya’ll have one ginchy day, and remember to live your life like the ginchy story that it is!


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