I love character questionnaires. You can find at least a dozen different kinds on the internet and in books. So it’s always possible to find one that will ask the right question to make your character “speak” to you. My gaming group always uses a 146 question character questionnaire. But the site where I found it requires membership to get it, so it wouldn’t be a particularly useful link for people with no need for other D&D gaming tools and information. And besides, my link has 300 questions (more is better), separated into sections, and available without membership. For my prewriting, I’ll answer the first section of questions for my female main character.
Give a two or three word description of yourself.
Strong, determined, inquisitive
Do you have any nicknames, street names, titles, nom de plume?
Rin. I decided that Wren really fit, even though I wanted to stay away from the bird name thing. So this is my compromise.
What is your full birth name?
Erin Miranda Conway
Where do you live?
Kansas City Metro Area (Lenexa)
Why do you live there?
That’s where her caretaker lives. As far as she knows, he’s lived there his entire life.
What is your citizenship status?
Natural born citizen.
What is your most obvious blessing or strength?
Rin has always been stronger and faster than her peers.
What do you perceive as your greatest strength?
Her ability to never give up.
What is your most obvious flaw or weakness?
Once she gets her mind on something, she’s hard to distract, which has gotten her into trouble more than once.
What do you perceive as your greatest weakness?
She gets easily obsessed, making it hard to concentrate on other things she needs to be doing.
Was there any event or cause of these weaknesses?
Growing up, she often had to help her caretaker with his “project” in the basement. She was only allowed to do whatever task he assigned her and she would be punished if her attention wavered.