I conduct my character interviews in two parts: 1) an author’s perspective where I answer on behalf of my characters, and 2) a character perspective where they answer on behalf of themselves, and – believe you me – it’s the character’s answers that provide the most substance!
There’s nothing worse than finishing your first novel and finding out from your beta readers that the entire plot is predictable AF. It almost feels like there’s no coming back from that. Like, the amount of work it would take to recreate your plot into a sensational piece of work would be an unbearable misery you couldn’t possibly endure.
My beta readers all loved one character in particular when they read through my first novel, but if it weren’t for a moment of being mentally blocked (and bitter at the amount of effort it was taking to write my first book), I wouldn’t have explored that character at all.
After all the hard work you’ve put into creating such interesting characters, how much do you actually know about them?