If you write, you’ve probably worked through at least one character worksheet. And if not, give it a try sometime. And if you review books, you probably think about how we writers should use these more, right?
Me? I find character worksheets hugely helpful. It’s like every time I work through one, I get more story ideas.
My normal character worksheet focuses on lots of the basic things.
- Where the character lives
- What their favorite food is
- Who they live with
- What their hobbies are
- Do they collect anything?
Yeah, you get the idea. If you’re so motivated, you can check out the basic character worksheet I use here at my website.
Anyway, have you ever thought about the fun additions which can be made when writing speculative fiction? I’ve never added them to my worksheet, but the more I’m thinking about it, the more I think I need to. Of course, the worksheet would need to be customized depending on the project, but I’m willing to start with a template.
Here are some things I’d add:
- What are their special powers?
- Where do these special powers come from?
- Are they human?
- What planet are they from?
- Is their best friend a different species?
- Favorite new invention?
You know, I could have real fun with this.
So tell me, what character questions would you add for your speculative fiction story?
PJ Hoover thinks her best friend would not be human, her tortoises would be telepathic, and she’d be able to grow as big as Ginormica.