I've decided I like revising more than writing the first draft. Now the fun stuff begins ... or was I supposed to figure this all out before writing the first draft? Hmm. Oh well.
While revising, I came across a great list of questions to ask your main character. From page 87 in Deborah Halverson's WRITING YOUNG ADULT FICTION FOR DUMMIES (btw: I still hate the title, but love the book):
1. What is her stance in the world?
2. Is she acquiescent? Challenging? Compromising?
3. Is she quick to anger or does she long for peace?
4. How does she act when confronted with a difficult decision or person?
5. How does she react to someone else's difficulty?
6. What does she think is important? True? Impossible?
7. What brings her joy? Gives her pain?
8.What does she really, really, want?
9. Are her desires and reactions consistent? If not--real people are not always consistent--what is the reason?
What do you think? Great list? Will you use the questions for your characters?