Questions to build character

Composition note:

It’s been years, since I lived in Winnipeg, that I took an advanced workshop class with Marina Endicott, with character building as a focus. These are questions I remember and others I’ve added.

Who are you?

  • What are you?

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    2012 boy cover image by Alan Hessler

  • Where are you?
  • What do you do?
  • What are you like?
  • What do other people think you’re like?
  • What do you smell like?
  • Who are your friends?
  • Who are your enemies?
  • Why are you here?
  • How did you get here?
  • What do you want?
  • When were you happiest?
  •  When were you the most sad?
  • What makes you unhappy?
  •  What makes you angry?
  • What is your greatest fear?
  • Which living person do you most admire? Why?
  • What is the trait you most despise in others?
  • What was your most embarrassing moment?
  • What’s your biggest secret?
  • What is your most treasured possession?
  • Where would you like to live?
  • What article of clothing do you most cherish?
  • What do you like least about your appearance?
  • What do you like best about your appearance?
  • What do you read?
  • What do you listen to?
  • What’s in your medicine cabinet?
  • What’s in your pantry?
  • What is your guiltiest pleasure?
  • What is your most unappealing habit?
  • What past accomplishment makes you the most proud?
  • What action in your past has made you the most ashamed?
  • What is your most cherished fantasy?
  • Who do you love?
  • What do you think is more important, love or desire? Can you tell the difference?
  •  What turns you on sexually?
  • When  last did you have sex?
  • Do you have children?
  • What is t he most important lesson life has taught you?
  • How do you expect to die?
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