It’s important to understand your character. The more you understand your character, the easier it will be to write the story. I have listed a few questions to ask about your character. If you’re using Scrivener, you can add this to your character folder and save it in one of your templates.
Each character needs a spreadsheet with these questions.
I will ask the questions and fill in the answers I used for writing my novel The Great Bandit. Keep in mind that some of these might have changed since this book is still in the editing phase. This is a quick sketch and only here as an example.
Situations that one avoids:
Lauren refuses to be weak.
the Greatest Failure or Mistake:
Being alone her entire life because she always profiled people and couldn’t see past their flaws.
The Lie the Character Believes:
That she lives a normal life like everyone else. She is not normal. She has an eidetic memory.
That people will find out she is the Great Bandit.
Emotions that Cause One Pain:
Her only friend and neighbor turns her in for the reward money.
Secret That Causes Shame:
She wishes someone would kidnap the rich girl and then someone does and she must find her.
That she will be like her mother and not care about anyone but herself.