November Project – Character Workshop

The first of our November Project workshops will be held today in PalTalk. We’ll be looking at the creation of realistic characters, with guest panellists: quiethearted, ariestess, Gin, beachbum and blackgrl71.

Characters Workshop – Sunday, 14th October, 7pm (UK), 2pm(EST) and 11am (Pacific US)

PalTalk download room owner: fsc_ralst or PalTalk Express browser link: http://chat.paltalk.com/g2/paltalk/1349015825

You can find a useful Character Questionnaire, supplied by quiethearted, behind the cut.


Adapted from Building Believable Characters by Marc McCutcheon, Writer’s Digest Books.
Exact Number of slots in original notated as follows: (#).
Changes or Additions are in italics.

Character Questionaire

Name:
Age:
Height:
Weight:
Body Type:
Physical Condition (Fit, unfit or something in between?):
Eye Color:
Hair Color and Style:
Distinguishing Features: (3)
1.
2.
Physical Imperfections/Would Like Most to Change: (3)
1.
2.
Characteristic Gestures:
1.
2.
Race:
Ethnic Group:
Religion:
Family Background/Lineage:
Years of Schooling:
Major and Minor Studies in College: (3)
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2.
Degrees:
Grades Achieved in School:
Special Occupational Training:
Skills, Abilities, Talents: (4)
1.
2.
Areas of Expertise: (4)
1.
2.
Occupation:
Past Occupations: (3)
1.
2.
Military Experience:
Short-Term Goals: (3)
1.
2.
Long-Term Goals: (3)
1.
2.
Short-Term Needs: (3)
1.
2.

Long-Term Needs: (3)
1.
2.
General Personality Types:
Introvert/Extrovert:
Quirks: (3)
1.
2.
Eccentricities: (3)
1.
2.
IQ:
Temperament:
Method of Handling Anger or Rage (Repress, throw things, etc.):
Admirable Traits: (4)
1.
2.
Negative Traits: (4)
1.
2.
Bad Habits/Vices: (3)
1.
2.
Prejudices: (3)
1.
2.
Pet Peeves and Gripes: (3)
1.
2.
Things That Make Uncomfortable or Embarrass: (3)
1.
2.
Post Painful Things in One’s (Character’s) Life: (3)
1.
2.
Ever Been Arrested? (If so, for what?): (3)
1.
2.
Political of Social Issues Most Important To You (Character):
1.
2.
Opinion on Abortion:
Opinion on Environmental Issues:
Opinion on Homosexuality:
Opinion on Military Intervention:
Opinion on Progress:
Opinion on Crime and Gun Control:
Opinions Peculiar to Character:
Political Policy:
Liberal, Conservative, Middle of the Road, Radical:
Income:
Sense of Humor: (None, dry, understated, witty, slapstick, dirty, etc.):
Fears: (3)
1.
2.
Phobias: (3)
1.
2.
Manias: (3)
1.
2.
Physical Illnesses or Afflictions: (4)
1.
2.
Mental Disturbances: (3)
1.
2.
Hobbies: (3)
1.
2.
Interests: (3)
1.
2.

Sports: (3)
1.
2.
Favorite Pastime:
Favorite TV Shows: (3)
1.
2.
Favorite Movies: (3)
1.
2.
Favorite Travel Destination:
Pets:
Drinks Alcohol? (How often?):
Favorite Alcoholic Drink:
Favorite Meal:
Favorite Books: (3)
1.
2.
Diet (Rich, low-fat, low cholesterol, restaurant, etc.):
Favorite Restaurant:
Favorite Physical Attributes in Someone Character is Attracted to: (reworded)
Attributes About Character That Turn On Others: (reworded)
Sexual Turn-Ons: (3)
1.
2.
Sexual Turn-Offs: (3)
1.
2.
When did character become sexually active?:
Circumstances of first time:
Currently involved with someone:
Has Children? If so, Name, age, etc.:

Traumas/Psychological Scars from the Past: (3)
1.
2.
Clothing Styles/Favorite Outfit:
Favorite Pet Sayings, Words/Idiolect: (3)
1.
2.
Speaking Style (Talkative, taciturn, Soft-spoken, loud, formal, casual, accent, fast, slow, etc.):
Philosophy of Life:
Type and Number of Close Friends:
Best Friend:
Other Friends:
Most Crucial Experiences (Or experiences that helped to mold character’s personality or attitude):
Home (Apartment, tenement building/high-rent/low-rent district/house/mansion/castle, etc.):
(Why living there?)
Neighborhood:
Car:
Color:
Drive Fast or Slow/Obey Traffic Laws:
Major Problems to Solve or Overcome: (3)
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2.
Solutions to Problems: (3)
1.
2.
Minor Problems to Solve: (3)
1.
2.
Solutions to Problems: (6)
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2.
Character Growth (by end of the story)/Character Change/Lesson Learned:
Chronology of Actions (From Start of story to end): (as many as needed)
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2.

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