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Advice/Q&A
Character Questionnaire
By Helen Dunn Frame
December, 2007, 10:10

The following questionnaire has been gratuitously added into our Tool Kit for all to use. IN, and Helen Dunn Frame, hope it will be of some use in your future creative endeavours. The questionnaire has been developed and tweaked over the years with the intent that it will assist in developing characters and remembering all of their personal traits and habits. Print it, photo copy it, and use it in good health and good writing.

Character Questionnaire

Character's Name:

Age:

Height:

Weight:

Body Type:

Physical Condition:

Hair and style:

Distinguishing Features:
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Physical Imperfections/Would Like Most to Change:
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Characteristic Gestures:
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Race:

Ethnic Group:

Religion:

Family Background/Lineage:

Years of Schooling:

Major and Minor Studies in College:
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Degrees

Grades Achieved in School:

Special Occupational Training:

Skills, Abilities and Talents:
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Areas of Expertise:
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Current Occupation:

Past Occupations:
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Military Experience:

Short-term Goals:
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Long-term Goals:
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Short-Term Needs:
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Long-Term Needs:
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General Personality Type:

Introvert/Extrovert:

Quirks:
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Eccentricities:
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IQ:

Temperament:

Method of Handling Anger or Rage:

Admirable Traits:
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Negative Traits:
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Bad Habits/Vices:
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Prejudices:
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Pet Peeves and Gripes:
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Things that make them uncomfortable or embarrassed:
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Most Painful Things in Their Life:
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Ever Been Arrested? For What?:
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Political or Social Issues Most Important:
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Opinion on Abortion:

Opinion on Environmental Issues:

Opinion on Homosexuality:

Opinion on Military Intervention:

Opinion on Birth Control:

Opinion on Crime and Gun control:

Opinions Peculiar to Character:

Political Party:

Liberal, Conservative, Middle of the Road, Radical:

Income:

Sense of Humour (None, dry, understated, witty, slapstick, dirty, etc.):

Fears:
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Phobias:
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Manias:
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Physical Illnesses or Afflictions:
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Mental Disturbances:
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Hobbies:
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Interests:
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Sports:
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Favorite Pastime:

Favorite TV Shows:
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Favorite Movies:
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Favorite Travel Destination:

Pets:

Drinks Alcohol - how often?

Favorite Alcoholic Drink:

Favorite Meal:

Favorite Books:
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Diet (Rich, low-fat, low cholesterol, restaurant, etc.):

Favorite Restaurant/Ethnic Food:

Favorite Physical Attributes in Opposite Sex:

Attributes About Character That Turn On Opposite Sex:

Sexual Turn-Ons:
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Sexual Turn-Offs:
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Traumas/Psychological Scars from the Past:
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Clothing Styles/Favorite Outfit:

Favorite Pet Sayings, Words/Idiolect:
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Speaking Style (Talkative, taciturn, soft-spoken, loud, formal, casual, accent, fast, slow, etc.):

Philosophy of Life:

Type and Number of Close Friends:

Best Friend:

Other Friends:

Most Crucial Experience (Or experiences that helped to mold character's personality or attitude):

Home (Apartment/tenement building/high-rent/low rent distirct/house/mansion/castle, etc.):

Neighborhood:

Car:

Color:

Drive Fast or Slow/Obey Traffic Laws:

Major Problems to Solve or Overcome:
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Solutions to Problems:
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Minor Problems to Solve or Overcome:
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Solutions to Problems:
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Character Growth (by the end of the story)/Character Change/Lessons Learned:

Chronology of Actions (From start of story to end):

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Provided by Helen Dunn Frame. A Syracuse University journalism school graduate, published in major newspapers, magazines and trade publications in the United States, England, and Germany. Her writing skills and love of travel led her to write her mystery novel Greek Ghosts. Email: helen@helendunnframe.com Web site: http://www.helendunnframe.com


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