When I first started writing stories, I quickly became stuck. I decided to fill in a character questionnaire because I had read somewhere that it was a good idea. What a revelation for me. Although it was time-consuming, I became inspired and I started to think about my hero as a real person instead of the stick figure I was creating.
We have a one-page character profile in our course workbook to get writers started, and we have a longer, detailed 11-page character questionnaire for delegates who attend our Writers Write course. I suggest that writers complete a detailed character profile for their protagonist and their antagonist and a shorter version for the protagonist’s beat friend and love interest. Do this before you start writing your novel. You may never use all the information, but you will be amazed at how much more you do have to draw on, and you will not get stuck.
Writing Tip: Complete this questionnaire for yourself if you’re writing a memoir. Even if you’re not writing a memoir, fill it in to find out how well you think you know yourself.