It doesn't matter how zingy your plot, if your characters are two dimensional they will weigh the whole thing down.
So, what to do?
How do you build an interesting, believable character - the kind who leaps from the page?
One simple yet effective tool is the Character Questionnaire.
This is a series of random, probing questions that you ask of your character as you are developing them.
On Saturday, I ran a Dare to Write Workshop called Create and Motivate and when we were looking at characterisation, we created a Character Questionnaire together.
The results are below.
Please feel free to copy and paste the questionnaire and use it for your own characters.
Another bonus of using a Character Questionnaire is that, in finding out the answers, you often come up with plot ideas too.
The Dare to Write Character Questionnaire:
I'm running another Create and Motivate Workshop on Saturday 22nd March, in this beautiful location (which believe it or not, is in London!)
For more information click here, and to book a place please email:
Praise for the Create and Motivate Workshop:
"An amazing, interesting and inspiring creative writing workshop in a lovely Manor Farm House . . . I must get working on my manuscript!"
"Great workshop. Inspiring."
"Great session and really valuable in getting focus and inspiration."
"Thanks for an excellent day."
"An amazing day daring to dream."
"I loved it! Am definitely coming back!"
"I finally feel like writing again."