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NaNoWriMo Prep: Getting to know your main characters, part 2

Written By: Jessica Morrell - Oct• 29•18

More rain around here, but I managed to get in a few walks over the weekend including trails at the Hoyt Arboretum, or Portland’s Museum of Trees.

If I could offer a single piece of advice about creating characters it would be this: Take risks with your main characters. Make them stand out from the myriads of fiction published each year. And don’t be afraid to allow eccentricities, quirks, and oddball ways of seeing reality.

More questions for your protagonist guaranteed to get your creative wheels turning:

What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?

What is your biggest regret?

What is your superpower?

Who do you cherish most in the world?

If you could change one thing about your world, what would it be?

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

What is your average day or schedule?

What 5-6 words sum up your values?

What do you do after a really bad day?

How do you celebrate?

Secret you’d never tell your significant other? Your mother?

What reminds you of home?

What item must you always take along when traveling?

Favorite drink?

Secret vice?

Pizza or tacos?

Favorite climate?

Reading or television to unwind?

Breakfast or coffee only?

Keep writing, Keep dreaming, have heart

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