Getting to Know Your Characters: New Year Edition

A writing exercise I enjoy is to pretend you are chatting with your characters. Imagine you are on an interview with them, out for coffee, or whiling away the hours in a park. Have a conversation with them. Let you be you and them be them.

Sometimes this can be done all in your head. Do you have a long bus ride? Start interrogating your characters about their life choices. Just don’t miss your stop. Other times, you might benefit from doing a free writing while thinking about this. Let your words and thoughts flow. My general advice for this is not to think too much. Go with your first instinct with a character’s answer. You might be surprised.

We’ve had a list of backstory related questions once upon a time, but let us begin this year with some New Year inspired questions.

  1. How do you celebrate the New Year?
  2. Do you have any traditions you do not celebrate anymore? Alternatively, how has your celebrations changed?
  3. What is your reaction to the phrase New Year, New You?
  4. Where do you see yourself at the end of this year?
  5. What goals did you accomplish last year?
  6. What goals did you not accomplish last year?
  7. How would you have approached last year differently if you could go back and do it again?
  8. What year would you consider your best year, and why?
  9. Is there anything you want to change about yourself this year?
  10. What does a new year mean to you?

 

Worldbuilding Aside:

While we are on the topic of the New Year, stop to consider how you arrange your year/time if you are writing speculative fiction! Is a year religion based? Season based? Celestial based? How do your characters measure time and dates?

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