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Writing: Character Questionnaire for Adult Characters

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Writing FictionI like memes and I like writing, put them together and you get me waffling about writing. Writing fiction. Writing fiction with pictures! Huzzah! Every now and again I’ll be sharing something involved with writing.

Keep an eye out for the other memes I’ve created in order to get myself blogging regularly – Editing Updates, Motley Monday, Workout Wednesday, Fucked up Friday, Music Monday, Foodie Friday, and What’s New Wednesday.

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I was doing this before, but when NaNo was fast approaching I got my butt into gear and finally finished them! What did I finish? Character Questionnaires for adults, teens, and children.

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All writers have their own way of getting to know their characters. My way has developed from flat-out learning as I go, to mentally placing characters in different situations, and now I finally have questions for them. I’ve given up on flat-out learning as I go because I’ve learnt planning works better for me. To plan I must get to know my characters well.

We all need to know their basic details such as name, age, gender, and where they live, but I like to go further and beyond. I also like to have a ‘just in case’ back-up for most things, including character detail. One of my characters may be covered in tattoos, other may be adopted, another homeless, and another may have mental illnesses. A character may be all those things, or none, and if I keep creating characters I don’t want to continue creating questionnaires before every story when I could be spending my energy on research and outlining.

I decided to share my questions for other writers, regardless of whether you want a great lot of detail or not. Feel free to use these. They are extensive, but you can take out what you want. That’s the whole point to all the detail; to choose what you need for each character and cut the rest. There are a few repetitive ones and I’ve cut the questions from those, but left the beginning (for instance taking out the questions for Parents, when they’re in Biological Parents).

My Questionnaire for Adult Characters

Basic Information

  • Birth Name: <>
    • Named After: <>
    • Preferred Name:<>
    • Name Origin: <>
    • Name Meaning: <>
    • Married Name: <>
  • Spouse: <>
    • Married: <>
    • Divorced: <>
  • D.O.B: <>
    • Age Span in Story: <>
    • Pivotal Age Points in Story: <>
  • Birth Place: <>
    • Hometown: <>
    • Place of Residence: <>
  • Nickname(s): <>
    • Origin: <>
    • Origin Backstory: <>
  • Occupation(s): <>
    • Preferred Occupation: <>
  • Sexual Orientation: <>
  • Driving Status: <>
    • Transport Preferences: <>
  • Position in Family: <>

Experiences

  • Sexual: <>
  • Drugs: <>
  • Alcohol: <>

Story Information

  • Role: <>
  • Growth: <>
    • Downfall and Crutches: <>
  • Major Goals: <>
    • Minor Goals: <>
  • Main Antagonist: <>
    • Minor Antagonists: <>
  • Allies:
    • Developing Allies: <>
    • Lost Allies: <>
    • Best Friends: <>

Descriptives

  • Height: <>
  • Weight: <>
    • BMI: <>
    • Body Shape: <>
  • Face Shape: <>
    • Hair Colour: <>
      • Hair Style: <>
    • Eye Shape: <>
      • Eye Colour: <>
    • Ears: <>
    • Eye Brows: <>
      • Eye Brow Colour: <>
    • Nose: <>
    • Chin: <>
    • Neck: <>
    • Forehead: <>
  • Skin Tone: <>
  • Distinguishing Features: <>
    • Piercings: <>
    • Tattoos: <>
    • Scarification: <>
  • Descriptions: <>

Overall Appearance

  • Usual Daily Wear/Uniform: <>
    • Favourite Outfit: <>
    • Colour Preference: <>
    • Accessories: <>
  • Dressing up: <>
    • Favourite Outfit: <>
    • Colour Preference: <>
    • Accessories: <>
  • Dressing Casually: <>
    • Favourite Outfit: <>
    • Colour Preference: <>
    • Accessories: <>
  • Sleepwear: <>
    • Favourite Sleepwear: <>
    • Colour Preference: <>
    • Bedtime Companion: <>
  • Sexy Wear: <>
    • Favourite: <>
    • Colour Preference: <>
    • Accessories: <>
  • Signature Clothing Item: <>

Familial Information

  • Nationality: <>
    • Family Nationalities: <>
      • Through Marriage: <>
      • Through Bloodline: <>
  • (Biological) Father’s Name: <>
    • Nickname: <>
    • D.O.B.: <>
      • D.O.D.: <>
    • Place of Birth: <>
    • Background: <>
    • Occupation: <>
      • Work Ethic: <>
    • Siblings: <>
      • Parents: <>
    • Positive Family Relationships: <>
      • Negative Family Relationships: <>
  • (Biological) Mother’s Name: <>
    • Maiden Name: <>
    • Nickname: <>
    • D.O.B.: <>
      • D.O.D.: <>
    • Place of Birth: <>
    • Background: <>
    • Occupation: <>
      • Work Ethic: <>
      • Siblings: <>
        • Parents: <>
    • Positive Family Relationships: <>
      • Negative Family Relationships: <>
  • Parents – Mother (if other than biological): <>
  • Parents – Father (if other than biological): <>
  • (Biological or Non-biological) Siblings <>
    • Nickname: <>
    • D.O.B.: <>
      • D.O.D.: <>
    • Place of Birth: <>
    • Background: <>
    • Occupation: <>
      • Work Ethic: <>
    • Siblings: <>
      • Parents: <>
    • Positive Family Relationships: <>
      • Negative Family Relationships: <>
  • Children: <>
    • Nickname: <>
    • D.O.B.: <>
      • D.O.D.: <>
    • Place of Birth: <>
    • Background: <>
    • Occupation: <>
      • Work Ethic: <>
    • Siblings: <>
      • Parents: <>
    • Positive Family Relationships: <>
      • Negative Family Relationships: <>

Past

  • Pivotal Events: <>
  • Fond Memories: <>
  • First Memory: <>
  • Worst Memories: <>

Relationships

  • Family Allies: <>
    • Close Relatives: <>
    • Family Antagonists: <>
  • Position in Social Circle: <>
    • Friends: <>
    • Invisible or Special Friends: <>
  • Enemies: <>
  • Influential People: <>
  • Relationships with Men: <>
    • Relationships with Women: <>
  • Leader or Follower in social situations: <>
    • Leader or Follower in family situations: <>

Medical Information and History

  • Diseases: <>
    • Diagnosis Date I: <>
      • Alerting Symptoms: <>
      • Behavioural Attributes of Illness: <>
      • Physical Attributes of Illness: <>
  • Mental Illnesses: <>
    • Diagnosis Date I: <>
      • Alerting Symptoms: <>
      • Behavioural Attributes of Illness: <>
      • Physical Attributes of Illness: <>
  • Chronic Conditions: <>
    • Diagnosis Date I: <>
      • Alerting Symptoms: <>
      • Behavioural Attributes of Illness: <>
      • Physical Attributes of Illness: <>
  • Allergies and Intolerances: <>
    • Diagnosis Date I: <>
      • Alerting Symptoms: <>
      • Behavioural Attributes of Illness: <>
      • Physical Attributes of Illness: <>
  • Medications: <>
  • Tics and/or habits: <>
    • Onset: <>
  • Handicaps: <>
    • Onset: <>

Character

  • Main Positive Personality Trait: <>
    • Other Positive Personality Traits: <>
  • Main Negative Personality Trait: <>
    • Other Negative Personality Traits: <>
  • Humour: <>
  • Temper: <>
  • Interaction with Others: <>
  • Self-Perception: <>
    • Changes Throughout Story: <>
  • Outside Perception: <>
    • Changes Throughout Story: <>
  • Belief System: <>
    • Perception of Organised Religion: <>
    • Philosophy of life: <>
  • Work Ethic: <>
  • Villain/Hero(ine) Status: <>
  • Most important thing to know about character: <>
  • Will readers like or dislike this character? <>
    • Why?: <>
  • Leader or Follower: <>

Home and Neighbourhood

  • Home Type: <>
    • Rental or Owned: <>
    • Number of Rooms: <>
  • Street Type: <>
    • Street Description: <>
  • Housemates: <>
  • Home Environment in one Word: <>
    • Description: <>
  • Neighbourhood Physical Description: <>
    • Social Description: <>
  • Transport: <>
  • Pets: <>

Family and Friends

  • Family relationships: <>
  • Friends: <>
  • Special friends: <>
  • Enemies: <>
  • Influential person or event: <>
  • Relationship with boys: <>
  • Relationship with girls: <>
  • Leader or follower: <>

Dreams, Fears, Interests

  • Fears: <>
    • Worst Nightmare: <>
    • Phobias: <>
  • Addictions: <>
    • Prior Addictions: <>
    • Treatment: <>
  • Loves: <>
    • Likes: <>
    • Dislikes: <>
  • Favoured Foods: <>
    • Disliked Foods: <>
  • Mandatory Hobbies: <>
    • Likes: <>
    • Dislikes: <>
    • Neutral: <>
  • Activities: <>
    • Favoured: <>
    • Alone: <>
    • With Someone: <>
  • Sports: <>
    • Favoured Sports: <>
    • Disliked Sports: <>
  • Hangout: <>
    • Favoured Hangout: <>
    • Places to Avoid: <>
  • Dreams for Retirement: <>
  • Secret Wishes:
    • Desires: <>

Education

  • Primary School: <>
    • Location: <>
      • Type: <>
      • Size: <>
    • Attitude in Class: <>
      • Towards School: <>
    • Grades: <>
      • Achievements: <>
      • Awards: <>
    • Friends: <>
      • Special friends: <>
      • Enemies: <>
      • Influential person or event: <>
      • Relationship with boys: <>
      • Relationship with girls: <>
      • Leader, follower, Outcast: <>
        • Why: <>
    • Hangout: <>
      • Preferred Hangout: <>
      • Places to Avoid: <>
    • Pre-School Routine: <>
      • Post-School Routine: <>
    • Favoured Teachers: <>
      • Disliked Teachers: <>
    • Favoured Subjects: <>
      • Excelled: <>
      • Disliked Subjects: <>
    • School Sport: <>
      • Extra Curricular Activities: <>
  • High School: <>
    • Location: <>
      • Type: <>
      • Size: <>
    • Attitude in Class: <>
      • Towards School: <>
    • Grades: <>
      • Achievements: <>
      • Awards: <>
    • Friends: <>
      • Special friends: <>
      • Enemies: <>
      • Influential person or event: <>
      • Relationship with boys: <>
      • Relationship with girls: <>
      • Leader, follower, Outcast: <>
      • Why: <>
    • Hangout: <>
      • Preferred Hangout: <>
      • Places to Avoid: <>
    • Pre-School Routine: <>
    • Post-School Routine: <>
    • Favoured Teachers: <>
      • Disliked Teachers: <>
    • Favoured Subjects: <>
      • Excelling in: <>
      • Disliked Subjects: <>
    • School Sport: <>
      • Extra Curricular Activities: <>
  • Higher Learning: <>
    • Location: <>
      • Type: <>
      • Degree: <>
      • Size: <>
    • Attitude in Class: <>
      • Grades: <>
      • Achievements: <>
      • Awards: <>
      • Dissertations: <>
      • Thesis: <>
    • Friends: <>
      • Special friends: <>
      • Enemies: <>
      • Influential person or event: <>
      • Relationship with Men: <>
      • Relationship with Women: <>
      • Leader, follower, Outcast: <>
      • Why: <>
    • Hangout: <>
      • Preferred Hangout: <>
      • Places to Avoid: <>
    • Pre-School Routine: <>
      • Post-School Routine: <>
    • Favoured Teachers: <>
      • Disliked Teachers: <>

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That’s it! Told you it was detailed. Next time it will be questionnaires for teens.

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Author: Bonnie

Between a blogging addiction, hosting reading challenges, reviewing, writing novels, and overcoming a neuro-immune disease, Bonnie attempts to do as many awesome things as she can and has a good dose of daily bunny cuddles. She resides in Western Sydney with her rabbit, Winston.

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