Goal of the exercise: create an interesting multidimensional character
Strategy 1: Give them interests outside the plot
Strategy 2: Give them unanticipated and/or contradictory qualities. IE square peg in a round hole quality. (This makes it more interesting)
Questions to ask:
Age and Gender?
What are they passionate about?
What do they do for a living? (may be the same as their passion)
What’s a second thing they’re interested in? (it doesn’t need to be weird but can be something simple and relatable like being required to take care of 5 siblings)
What setting/time period?
What is the secret from their past that they don’t want other people to know about?
Note: If one attribute is weird you want to pull back on the weirdness of the other attributes
Note: No character exists outside of a situational context. Everything interacts: the character’s interests, the time period, the people surrounding them, the plot. Remember that good plots are developed through interesting interactions between the plot, character, and setting.
Note: Twenty something year old women don’t need to be focused on romance like we sometimes unconsciously assume.