“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.” Abigail Van Buren
- How does your main character treat others?
- Choosing three other characters in your book, decide how they really are, by the way they treat people they know.
- By the way they treat strangers.
- How does your MC feel about animals? Why?
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters” Albert Einstein
- Does your character lie? Why or why not?
- What would happen if she did lie? How would the story be more compelling?
- What is the worst thing your character could do? Why is this the worst?
- Write a scene where your character lies, and is caught, by someone who is important to her.
- Do only the *bad* people lie in your book?
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Jesus
- I think another way of saying this is, Actions speak louder than words. How does your character show her love? Her commitment? Her anger?
- Write a scene where your character harms someone by her actions.
- Our bad characters cannot be purely evil. How is your antagonist good?
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln
- Your MC ends up with information she shouldn’t have. What does she do with it?
- All characters must have weaknesses. What are your character’s weaknesses?
- There should be a point, in every character’s growth, when they realize they have all the power, or none of it. What happens to your character when they hit this place in the book?
- If you MC realizes she is more like the bad guy than she thought, well, that can be very interesting. Write a scene where your MC comes up against the darker part of herself.