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Pick a character, any character and answer some questions about them.
Here is a list of questions that were asked in the WriYe Discord Chat during our January 1st planning party. Feel free to answer them here, in a plotting document, or anywhere!
Q1: What smell or scent reminds them of their childhood home? Q2: Do they have a family member that has ever let them down? If so, how did that affect them?
Q3: Who can make them smile no matter what? Q4: Is it easy for them to forgive others? Q5: What quality about their parents do they admire? Abhor? Q6: If they could change one thing about themselves, what would it be? Q7: If your character could only save one thing from their burning house, what would it be? Q8: What/who do they love to hate?
Q9: What would they do if they won the lottery/came into a lot of money suddenly?
Q10: What do they think is the worst thing that can be done to a person?
These are the questions from the planning party on May 15, 2021. Feel free to pop on Discord an answer at any time in the #planning-party channel or answer in your own progress thread!
Q1. What is your MC's best friend's fondest memory of MC?
Q2. What is your story's midpoint? (when your MC realizes what the real nature of the conflict is)
Q3. If you had to assign a single sight, sound, and smell to your MC's home, what would it be?
Q4. What type of pajamas would your villain (or the person most opposed to your MC) wear?
Q5. What is one of your novel's "pinch points"? (when your MC sees some of the antagonist's real power and gives a hint at what the MC is facing)
Q6. Does the landscape/environment play any role in influencing your MC's journey? (For example: do they have to cross an ocean? Do they need to climb mountains? Do they decide to take a plane rather than a car because of the distance? Does weather influence how they travel? etc.)
Q7. What sense does your MC most rely on?
Q8. What is the scene you are most looking forward to writing/have written between your MC and their love interest/best friend?
Q9. Why did you choose your characters' names? Alternatively, why did you choose these characters (if fanfiction)?
Q10. How old is your MC's longest friendship? Does that play a significant role in their life?
These are the questions from the planning party on July 18th, 2021. Feel free to pop on Discord an answer at any time in the #planning-party channel or answer in your own progress thread!
Q1. Take your MC and think of why they are the force behind the story. What is their motivation? What is their why? For example:
- Boy wants to earn what is rightfully his and save the kingdom from tyranny
- Girl wants to choose her future husband on her own and believes to give away the first kiss is to give away her heart.
Q2. Tell us about the most proud moment in your main character’s life.
Q3. What is your MC's greatest flaw? They all have one. And they all have to have it exploited in order to make the story really shine. When you figure out what it is, think of one way their flaw will work against them either by being exploited by an antagonist or by self-sabotage.
Q4. The main plot of your story usually revolves around an MC. The plot to this MC involves three different aspects:
- External Conflict (what we think of when we think plot - the battle, the thing they gain, etc.) - Main Relationship (an emotional connection, not necessarily romantic, to someone) - Internal Conflict (some sort of inner conflict regarding what the MC believes and what he must accept as truth)
So for this ten minutes, let's focus on:
What is the main relationship your MC has? Is it romantic? Friendly? Familial?
Q5. What is the main, external conflict? How does this affect the relationship from the previous question?
Q6. Lastly, what is the internal conflict? What does this external struggle reveal to your MC?
Q7. What aspect of your protagonist does your antagonist/enemy find absolutely infuriating?
Q8. What is your MC's favorite way of displaying affection? Physical? Gift-giving? Verbal compliments?
Q9. In regards to your overall character arc, does your character grow for the better? Stay the same throughout? Descend to a worse place than where they started?
Q10. From the enemy/antagonist's POV, give me a description of the MC.