part 1 and part 2.) While character questionnaires might be a good place to start, Rebecca encouraged us to dig deeper.
She suggested we consider:
- Narratives about major events in your character's life.
- Interviews with your character.
- Lists of events that affected your characters.
- A web or mind-map connecting your character with events, people, feelings, etc.
- A collage of representative images with notes about their significance to your character.
Think about how you understand yourself. When you're getting acquainted with someone (and they with you), do you give them a resume that lists your accomplishments? Resumes may be useful in a job interview but that's not how we interact with people and, more importantly, that's not how we think about ourselves. Once we get past the small talk, we start trading stories about ourselves.
- What stories do your characters tell about themselves when they meet people?
- How do they tell those stories?
- What stories do your characters choose not to tell about themselves when they meet people?
- Are there situations in which they would tell the stories they usually avoid?
- What stories do your characters tell themselves about themselves?
Deren blogs at The Laws of Making.