Getting deeper into my character’s skin with more questions from The Script Lab:
• How does your character think of their father? What do they hate and love about him? What influence – literal or imagined – did the father have? She never really knew her father. She has hazy memories of him: tickling her until she felt like throwing up from laughing; spanking her on the butt with a slipper for reasons she can’t remember; walking out the door on his way to work; walking out the door on the way to god-knows-where… Growing up, and until now, she feels a pinch in her chest every single time that she witnesses an affectionate father-daughter scene — once in a while she even finds herself shedding a tear.
• How does your character feel about religion? She’s mostly apathetic. She spent most of her life fending for herself, solving her own problems, picking up after other people, and she never really saw a god-figure playing a significant role in her life.
• What about political beliefs? She’s very political. Pro-poor, advocate of socialism, human rights activist.
• Is your character street-smart, book-smart, intelligent, intellectual, slow-witted? Street-smart (although somewhat clumsy), likes introspecting and engaging in philosophical discussions. Bad at math, not so scientifically-inclined. Into literature and creative writing.
• How do they see themselves: as smart, as intelligent, uneducated? She knows she’s smart but she gets intimidated by people who speak very well. She always feels she’s vocabulary-deficient, and up when ultra-confident people start throwing highfalutin words her way. She crumbles at the smallest sign of mockery from anyone, and she feels defensive when corrected.