Hampton Roads Writers
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CHARACTERS
List 12 of your characters in no particular order. They can be from one story or from several.
Then, answer the questions:
Who would make a better college professor, 6 or 11? What subject would they teach?
What personality trait do 4 and 11 have in common?
12 sends 8 on a mission. What is it, and does it succeed?
If 5 and 9 were trapped in a elevator together, who would be the first to crack?
Would it make more sense for 2 to swear fealty to 6, or the other way around?
For some reason, 5 is looking for a roommate. Should he share a studio apartment with 9 or with 10?
2, 7 and 12 have dinner together. Where do they go, and what do they discuss?
3 challenges 10 to a duel. Why and what happens?
If 1 stole 8ís most precious possession, how would she/he get it back?
Suggest a title for a story in which 7 and 12 both attain what they most desire.
What kind of plot device would you use if you wanted 4 and 1 to work together?
If 5 and 6 visited you for the weekend, how would you get along? Which would you most feel like killing off by the end of the weekend?
If you could command 3 to perform any one task or service for you, what would it be?
If 7 and 8 had grown up as siblings in a unstable home, who would have turned out the most different? Who would have survived the best?
If 2 had to choose sides between 4 and 5, which would it be?
Out of all the characters, who would win the beauty portion of the pageant? Who would win the talent portion? And who would win Ms./Mr. Congeniality?
Who would make the best superhero: 3, 9 or 11? Who would make the best supervillain? What would their super powers be?
1, 6, and 12 are having dim sum at a Chinese restaurant. There is only one scallion pancake left, and they all reach for it at the same time. Who gets to eat it?
What might be a good pick-up line for 2 to use on 10?
Who is most likely to be arrested 4 or 10? For what?
6 finds out 5ís secret. What happens?
If 11 and 9 were racing to a destination, who would get there first?
If you had to walk home through a bad neighborhood late at night, would you feel safer in the company of 7 or 8?
1 and 9 reluctantly team up to save the world from the threat posed by 4ís secret Organization. 11 volunteers to help them, but is later discovered that he is actually a spy for 4. Meanwhile 4 has kidnapped 12 in an attempt to force their surrender. Following the wise advise of 5, they seek out 3, who gives them what they need to complete their quest.
What title would you give this fic?
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