Anyone who has written long enough knows what it’s like to plot out an amazing scene in the shower but lose it by the time a towel is wrapped securely around the body. So, when inspiration doesn’t strike, how do you move forward?
I’ve learned that knowing the characters (and the world they live in, if applicable) is the easiest way to carry the story forward. If you take the time to learn who your characters are, their backstory will breathe life into the story.
So how do you do it? How do you develop a character even before the story’s begun?
The answer is simple: You ask questions.
So I’ve made a list of questions you can ask yourself about your characters. Having used them for my first novel, The Merman and the Baker, it truly helps to plot scenes and make the characters seem more… real. They become almost as tangible as the flesh-and-bone people in your life.
I recommend taking the time to fill out a free character questionnaire. You can download it here!