How does your character feel about birthdays? What was your characters best birthday experience? What was their worst?
What is your characters thoughts on "winning & losing"? Is winning important? Is it how you play the game? Is 2nd place great or is it really just being the first loser? Who shaped these ideas for your character? What events in their childhood helped them form their current beliefs about winning and losing.
Put your character in a situation when they have lost their phone at the worst possible moment. How do they respond? How do they art? What do they do?
If your character doesn't have a phone, take away their voice, their main way of communicating. What do they do next?
How do they still go after their super objective even with this communication set back.
If your character found a do over machine, what event would they go back and relive. What would they do different?
Ask your character to tell you about their favorite movie. When did they first see this film? What made them fall in love with it? Who have they shown this movie to? What are others' reactions to the movie?
Get your character reaaaallllllly drunk. What repressed desires come out? Who do they call? What do they reveal?
Drift back in your characters timeline. Discover your characters first experience with death.
Put your character in an Escape Room. What happens at first when things are easy, then as the puzzles get harder, how does this alter their mood, language, attitude and behavior. Do they escape in time or not? How do they respond to this?
Drift back in your characters life, when was the first time they felt shamed for a core part of who they are. Write that moment.
Your character has a least two different identities, masks if you will. Write the scenes where they first discovered each mask and how it changed their emotions, actions, relationships and priorities.
Step into your character unconscious and write through a reoccurring nightmare.
When was the first time they had this nightmare? What was happening in their life at the time?
Take a few moments. Connect to your character. drift back in their time line and discover the last time they cried. Where were they? What had just happened? How did they they? How did this moment change them?
Write the scene when your character first discovered the pain of a broken friendship. Who was the friend, how unique was their friendship and what broke them apart?
Write about the first time your character fell in love. Either drift back and watch this scene as a fly on the wall. Or sit down and ask your character to tell you the story of the first time they ever fell in love.
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