A few weeks ago, I hit yet another roadblock with my ms. After resorting to all sorts of tactics to try to get back on track (eating lots of chocolate, forcing myself to write, eating more chocolate, telling myself it was okay not to write, eating more chocolate...), I finally realized that the reason I was stymied was because I didn't know my characters.
So I pulled out this book.
Needless to say, I didn't count them, but it really does look like there are 4,000 questions listed.
And also (needless to say) I didn't answer every single one for my characters. But looking at just a few of them really made me think about my heroine and what her background is; what her hopes and dreams are.
Here's a sampling of the thought-provoking questions.
What is something your father or mother considered very important?
Who do you trust more than anyone in the world?
How forgiving are you when someone lets you down?
I now feel like I know my heroine pretty darn well. We may not be best friends yet, but we're getting close.