Character interviews

Laura Pfundt was talking the other day about interviewing characters, then Chris Stocking posted about interviewing his characters.

It’s so important to get to know your characters fully, and a quick Google search will pull up various forms of questionnaires that you can use to get to know your characters better. But, my absolute favourite way to get to know my characters is by using Manon Eileen’s Character Survey πŸ™‚ Another good one is listed on the Writers Write Creative Blog

Kirsten at Write A Book With Me takes her characters out for a cup of coffee. I LOVE this idea.

And Kate Walker gets her hubby to bombard her with questions about her characters in the car πŸ™‚

People watching at Swanwick πŸ˜‰

So what do you do to get to know your characters?

31 thoughts on “Character interviews

  1. A character survey sounds so fun! I find I get to know my characters by imagining them in various scenarios prior to writing – I make one or two songs their theme songs and create a mental music video. Weird, I know. But it works. I will have to try the character survey thing though!


  2. I can understand the point of it, but it is not a technique I would use. For me, my characters exist in the world created, not my world. But that is just my perspective.


      • Well I have my ideas about them, sometimes more than others, sometimes to see what comes out with the story. But they are related to that world of the story, To me I don’t want them to exist in different worlds, unless relevant. It is my way of categorising them I guess.

        I have nothing against people doing it, and I am not criticising it, it just isn’t something that fits with me.


  3. Aww, Vikki, thanks for the mention! And I’m hopping right over to all the links as soon as I finish this comment. There’s nothing I love more than finding out new things about my characters.
    It’s funny– I just finished another post about how I bring my characters into focus, after another writer prompted me to try and outline my process, which is admittedly a little different from most.
    It works for me, as far as I can tell, and it’s loads of fun to boot! That’s what I love about blogging though. I get to see how other writers do things, and share my own process in exchange.


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