- How would your MC react when everyone in a crowded restaurant begins to sing Happy Birthday to them?
- Your MC finds $1,000 in the street, what would he do with the money and if he chose to spend it, what would he spend it on?
- Does your MC have any strange sleeping habits? Does sleep come easy for her?
- What terrifies your MC (not just frightens, not just scares…terrifies)?
- Your MC wins a choice of a free vacation to either camp or beach it, which does she choose?
- The duo from What Not to Wear visits your MC, what would they say is wrong with his style of dress?
- What’s the most rebellious thing your MC has ever done or would ever do?
- Someone spills an entire Coke on your MC at a baseball game by accident, how does your MC respond?
- How does your MC react after witnessing a violent crime?
- What’s the best memory your MC has? The worst?
- Who is the one person your MC trusts most?
Noah Lukeman asks hundreds of questions like these in his book, The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life.
What’s one of your best ways of grounding your characters when they begin to slip out of your grasp? (As a bonus, answer one of these questions for you or your MC.)
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