Wednesday, December 1, 2010

What Would Your Character Do/Say Wednesday

I’m always looking for questions to ask my characters; anything to pull them out of their shell and see how they act in foreign territory. I wondered what it would be like if my characters participated in other Middle Grade and Young Adult stories. How would they act in Narnia, or at Hogwarts? It’s interesting to see how your characters act in a completely different setting.
Under the Dome

A small New England town is suddenly, inexplicably cut off from the rest of the world, trapping a large cast of characters inside (or outside) a huge, clear dome. As the emergency escalates, various heroes (and villains) emerge to play a part in the drama. What is the dome? Why is it there? Will the town survive? This is the premise of Stephen King's big, long, thoroughly fascinating new novel.

Under The Dome

1) If your character were cut off from civilization, would they take a leadership role, or let others make the decisions?

2) Does your character have anything to repent for?

3) How would your character respond to being cut of or trapped somewhere with no way out?

4) If your character was the target of a bully, would they use brawn or brains to protect themselves?

5) Would your character ever contemplate suicide in a desperate situation?


  1. Gosh - I like the sound of this novel from the King!!

    I'm thinking that one of my main characters would be a leader and use mainly brains and a little brawn to protect himself and others!

    Take care

  2. Actually a sort-of similar situation happens in my book with my MC, so the questions are somewhat easy. She wouldn't contemplate suicide, I don't think. I think she'd push to the end. And she sort of starts with the others making the decisions, but rises in the end.

  3. I've never read a single Stephen King novel because of my self-avowed chickenhood. I can't read anything scary or horror-related or nuthin'. If I did, I'd be sleeping with the lights on for weeks.

    But! Other than question #5, the MC in my current YA novel is in all those situations all at once. Gosh, I hope things work out for her. She's a plucky lass.