I started the preparation for a novel and wondered what kind of things I should ask my most important characters. So I looked around on the net and put this list together.
1. What is your full name?
2. Date and place of birth?
3. Tell me about your parents?
4. Brothers? Sisters?
5. Where/how do you live? (alone or with someone; in what kind of home?)
6. Do you have a job? If yes what is it?
7. How do you look? Hair, eye and skin color, height, weight, any marks, style of dress.
8. Do you have any allergies, mental illnesses, psychical weaknesses?
9. Are you left or right handed?
10. Do you have any tics, certain habbits or other things like that?
11. What do you usually carry in your pockets?
12. Describe your childhood
13. Did you like going to school?
14. Where did you learn most of the things you know?
15. Who did you look up to when you were younger?
16. Did you like your family? Why/why not?
17. What was your dream job?
18. What kind of child were you?
19. What’s the most important thing you did in your life?
20. Have you ever had any romantic relationships? And if they ended, why did you break up?
21. Do you have a relationship now?
22. What is your greatest regret?
23. What is the worst thing you ever did?
24. What are you scared of?
25. Best memory? And worst?
26. What are your religious views?
27. Would you kill anyone? If yes, why?
28. Would you die for anyone?
29. Do you make friends quickly?
30. How would you describe your manners?
31. Turn ons?
32. Turn offs?
33. Are you close to your family? Why/why not?
34. If you desperately need help, who do you turn to?
35. Your hobbies?
36. Your most treasured possession?
37. Favourite color and food?
38. Favourite book/genre?
39. Do you smoke/drink/do drugs? And if so, why?
40. What is your favourite way of spending a Saturday?
41. How do you deal with stress?
42. Favourite joke?
43. How do you react if someone disturbs your routine?
44. Do you like yourself?
45. Introvert or extrovert?
46. What are you good at?
47. And what are you not good at?
48. What words describe you?
49. what is your weakness?
50. What would you want to add that you feel is important?
I would ask these things like I am having a conversation with my character.
Admin Note: This post is a rebloggable copy of our page on fight scenes. The page is being phased out, so from now on all updates will be made on this post and not on the page.
Among the typically difficult scenes writers face in their stories, the fight scene definitely ranks high on the list. Below you will find several resources with tips for writing a good fight scene.
- Action with a Side of Zombies: One of our articles focused specifically on writing action scenes. Bonus: the examples all include zombies.
- ArchetypesAndAllusions: An article on the three main types of fighters and their various approaches to kickin’ ass (or not).
- TheCreativePenn.com: Alan Baxter, speculative fiction author, gives some great advice on characterization, setting, martial style, and cliches.
- StoryHack.com: A PDF that takes you through writing a fight scene step by step by Randy Ingermanson, compiled by Bryce Beattie.
- MarilynnByerly.com: An extremely good guide to writing fight scenes. This guide includes tips on character viewpoint, mapping the fight, and tricks for writing each type of fight.
- Shelfari.com: This site is an interview with famed fantasy author R.A. Salvatore on how to write great fight scenes.
- TheBusinessOfWriting: C. Patrick Schulze gives some good, solid advice on identifying and writing your fight scene.
- EzineArticles.com: Marq McAlister explains how to make a fight scene pack some serious punch. This article is good for fine-tuning.
- Martin Turner: Focusing specifically on sword-fighting scenes, Martin Turner writes in great detail on every conceivable detail of this type of time-honored fight scene.
- SeriousPixie.com: Susan tells you about the three types of fight scene writers and explains how to fix the problems that arise for each type.
- David Alan Lucus: This multi-part guide gives advice in exhaustive detail on how to write an awesome fight scene.
- NightFoot: This Tumblr post offers some great tips for writing fight scenes.
These links provide advice specifically for writing battle scenes:
- Gerri Blanc: eHow’s article on battle scenes is a basic step-by-step list for you. It’s a good introduction to writing battle scenes.
- StormTheCastle.com: This article takes you through an in-depth guide on how to write battle scenes for fantasy stories.
- Rhonda Leigh Jones: Jones lists some dos and don’ts of writing battle scenes.
- List of Martial Arts: Looking for a fighting style? Find it here!
- List of Weapons: Every type of weapon you can think of is listed here.
- List of Military Tactics: From troop movements to siege warfare, this list has got you covered.
- Asylum.com: A few examples of awesome battle tactics from history.
- BadassOfTheWeek.com: Get some inspiration for awesome fight scenes and fighting characters from this compendium of badassitude.
- Thearmedgentleman: Austin has offered to share his knowledge on weaponry with any writers who have questions. Thanks, Austin!
We hope this helps! If you have another link or a tip for how to write fight/battle scenes, hit up our ask box and let us know!
Anonymous asked: How does one write a good fight scene?
Step one: Most of the time, it’ll be best to avoid starting it with the phrase “wanna tussle?”
From there, you might find these links useful:
- How to Write a Fight Scene
- A Summary of How People Die (And Don’t) In Swordfights
- Getting a Handle on Guns
I have such fond memories of ‘Action With A Side Of Zombies’.
For Asexual Awareness Week, Elizabeth Barrette, aka ysabetwordsmith, posted a list of types of nonsexual intimacy that I found really interesting both as an asexual and as a writer: