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Madelaine Shaw-Wong



Creating a Protagonist, the Interview

Posted on June 14, 2018 at 12:20 PM

I have learned that in order to build well-rounded and believable characters, it's important to know everything you can about them.

I Imagine myself sitting across the table from my characters while they answer questions like these:

Questions to Ask your Characters :/

This questionnaire was (supposedly) invented by the French author Marcel Proust:

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
What is your current state of mind?
What is your favorite occupation?
What is your most treasured possession?
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
What is your favorite journey?
What is your most marked characteristic?
When and where were you the happiest?
What is it that you most dislike?
What is your greatest fear?
What is your greatest extravagance?
Which living person do you most despise?
What is your greatest regret?
Which talent would you most like to have?
Where would you like to live?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What do you most value in your friends?
Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Who are your heroes in real life?
Which living person do you most admire?
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
On what occasions do you lie?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
What are your favorite names?
How would you like to die?
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
What is your motto?

Other questions:

Who do you live with? Describe your neighbourhood.
Who’s your best friend? How long have you known each other?
Tell me about a proud moment.
What is your first memory? Why is this important?
What is a secret you’ve never told anyone?
What makes you proud?
Name your best and worst physical quality.
What do you most desire?
Tell me about your favourite toy you played with as a child.
In what way do people misunderstand you?
If you could fight for a cause, what would it be?

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