The Character in Your Story

You may be considering to write about your life–a memoir, perhaps. One of the key elements of a short story is the main character. Will you be the main character? Will you be the villain?

Some authors, including me, recommend for you to create a questionaire that you can use to get to know your characters. Until you know them intimately, you may not be able to create a genuine story.

The questions can be in the form of an interview. For example:

1. What is your favorite food?
2. What is your life’s dream?
3. Have you accomplished it?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Do you like to read?
6. What is the farthest you have been from your home?

These are a random set. You can select the questions you feel are meaningful to your story. You may also choose to create a list of characteristics of your main character.

Male or female
Color of eyes
Color of hair
Did he graduate from high school?
Did he go to college?

Keep the reader in mind. You are not trying to impress him/her. You are going to entertain, inform, thrill, or astound them.

I used the list of characteristics for the character of Mario Anguiano in my short story,
The Pandillero. Please let me know if you denote the characteristics of this character.

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