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  • S.P. Lowe

So You Want To Write A Novel? Check Out These 20 Fun Questions to Ask Your Protagonist!




The protagonist is the star of your book. Fleshing them out is crucial for an engaging plot with believable character interactions and development. By delving into their thoughts, desires, and quirks, you can bring your protagonist to life in a way that resonates with readers. To help you get to know your protagonist better, here are 20 fun and thought-provoking questions to ask them. These questions can uncover hidden facets of their personality, add depth to their backstory, and provide insights into their motivations and goals.


Tip: Pretend to give your protagonist an interview with the questions.

  1. If you could choose any superpower, what would it be and why?

  2. What's your go-to comfort food after a long day of adventuring?

  3. If you (the protagonist) were to write a book about your life, what would the title be?

  4. Describe your ideal vacation destination when you're not busy with your adventures.

  5. Who's your favorite sidekick or companion, and what makes them so special?

  6. If you could switch places with any villain from your story for a day, who would it be and what would you do differently?

  7. What's your signature catchphrase or motto?

  8. Do you have any secret talents or hobbies that readers might not know about?

  9. If your story were turned into a movie, which actor would you want to portray you?

  10. What's the most challenging obstacle you've faced so far, and how did you overcome it?

  11. If you had to choose a theme song for your adventures, what would it be?

  12. Can you share a funny or embarrassing moment?

  13. What's the most unusual or magical item in your inventory?

  14. If you were the author of your own story, what plot twist would you add?

  15. Describe your ideal team of allies to help you on your quests.

  16. What's your favorite way to relax and unwind when you're not saving the world?

  17. If you could visit any fictional world outside your story, where would you go, and why?

  18. What's your ultimate goal or dream that you're working toward in your adventures?

  19. Share a memorable fan encounter or piece of fan mail that touched you.

  20. If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring heroes, what would it be?

Remember that a well-crafted protagonist is not merely a character on the pages of your book; they are an embodiment of the human experience, with flaws, strengths, dreams, and fears that resonate with us all.

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