Whether you're a plotter or a pantser, it's a good idea to get to know your main character before embarking on a journey with them. Like most people, your characters have a life and personality that you have to dig down and find.
So what are some basics of getting to know your character? I could bore you with the demographics, but you should know them already. Instead, I want to dive into getting you to know a deeper version of your MC.
What is their relationship like with their family and friends?
What are their beliefs, not necessarily religious?
What is their motivation for their actions?
Who were they raised to be? Did they shift from that and become something else?
What are their plans for an ideal future?
What's their self-esteem and self-worth like?
Why is this character the protagonist?
You will find as you learn more about your character early on that it can save you from a hundred hours of rewrites. Befriending and understanding your characters is the easiest way to get their story told.
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