Writing Tips

Even MORE Character Development Points – 20 Fun Questions to Ask Your Characters

I’ve worked on several posts these past few days, some of which will never see the light of day. Hopefully I’ll actually finish this one!

As I said in my last post, I’ve been thinking a lot about my characters. While rewriting my novel chapter by chapter – a very tedious process, I must say – I’ve learned quite a bit about my babies characters! I had no idea my protagonist drinks her coffee black, for one thing. (That one came to me while daydreaming in the grocery store.)

It’s incredible how real our characters begin to feel after a while, isn’t it? I created the characters in question eight months ago, at a dining table in Seattle. They’ve changed and grown so much since then, and I feel I know them from the inside out. What can I say? I love them. 🙂

Inspired by that thought: here are 20 fun questions you can ask your characters. Let’s get to know our characters, though and through!


  1. What’s your favorite color? How does (or doesn’t) your character express this color? (Example: does she/he wear clothes in that color, or is her/his bedroom themed in that color?)
  2. How do you handle being tired? Does your character drink coffee, take naps, or just deal with the sleepiness?
  3. Where do your priorities lie? Does family always come first, or is work life the only life? Where does your character’s religion/spirituality come into play?
  4. What would you do if you grew sick? Does your character drink tea to tame her/his cold, or take medicine? Does she/he just brave through it? Does she/he need someone to take care of them?
  5. If you only had one day to live, realistically speaking: what would you do today? Get your important work done? Or skip work and spend time with your family?
  6. If you had one wish, and one wish only: what would it be?
  7. What’s the best way to make money? Work? Lemonade stands?
  8. What are you most likely to order at a fancy restaurant? If fancy restaurants aren’t your character’s thing: what would she/he order at her favorite restaurant?
  9. If you had to learn a foreign language, what would you learn? Or does she/he already speak multiple languages?
  10. Who comes first: you or your family/friends/peers? Be honest!
  11. How do you dress in the winter? And in the summer, for that matter?
  12. Fight or flight? How does your character handle fear?
  13. What do you look for in a partner? Come up with two or three criteria for this one.
  14. What is your idea of “formal wear”? Suit and tie or evening gown? Or is your character’s “formal wear” a little more on the casual side?
  15. If you could visit any country, which would you choose? Maybe your character is a Germany fanatic, or she/he has always dreamt of going to Brazil.
  16. What is on the agenda for today? AKA: what does your character’s average day look like?
  17. What’s your preferred method of transportation? Walking? Driving? Biking? Flying?
  18. What does your dream wedding look like? Or maybe your character has no intention of marrying?
  19. Describe yourself in one word.
  20. Do you love where you are in life, or do you wish you were somewhere else?

Please, feel free to suggest more below! I’ll make your suggestion part of the list. 🙂