How do you create characters?
It all depends on the story and the individual writer. We all have different methods and techniques when creating characters. Personally, I like to free write. I sit down and write as much detail as I possibly can about my new creations. When I start a screenplay, I’ve usually got a main character in mind but 100% of the time my original idea changes as I get to know them.
Beyond free writing and other techniques, there are many resources out there that provide quizzes, interviews and questionnaires to help you develop your characters. These lists of questions are designed to help you truly understand who your characters are and what drives them. Most of the time, I simply read questionnaires like these just to gain a basic understanding of my characters.
What’s in your character’s refrigerator? It sounds like an odd question but answering it could give you a ton of helpful information. Even if it gives you one tiny piece of insight it’s worth it.
At the same time, why not seek out questionnaires about getting to know yourself and answer them as one of your characters? All of these techniques can help you write better in the long run.
These links alone offer hundreds of questions that will challenge your creativity and elevate the quality of your characters. Try a few of them out.
You’ll never know the level of detail you’re capable of until you give it a shot.