Elaine and Francesca consider their methods for creating characters.
Elaine: I start with their age and when they were born. This gives me a star sign, which in turn gives me some character traits as a starting point. Once I’m happy with that, I do a character profile. This will involve interviewing them; it’s what I call getting to know my characters. It will involve some simple questions such as:
Do you prefer to drink tea or coffee?
Do you prefer the Rolling Stones or The Beatles?
What would be your idea of a perfect day/night?
Do you believe in God?
What is your happiest memory as a child?
What is your worst memory?
And so it goes on. They are not all deep and meaningful questions but the answers will help bring out the characters back story, and that in turn will bring understanding about…
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