The Re-drafting Toolkit

The Re-drafting Toolkit

Exercise 2: Character and plot – questionnaire

Answer the questions below for each of your characters. The questions are designed to get you thinking about how your characters fit into your plot.

You’ll hopefully find that most of your answers correspond with major plot points in your play. If this isn’t the case, and your answers seem completely unrelated to the plot, it’s a good indicator that you need to do some more work on your characters to make sure they serving your story as they should!


  1. What do they NEED? Would something complete them as a character?
  2. What is there flaw and do you think they will overcome it in the play?
  3. What do they WANT? Is this different from their need?
  4. What obstacles stand in the way of the character achieving what they want and need?  Are these obstacles convincing?
  5. What will the character lose if they don’t achieve their goal? (What’s at stake?)
  6. Why would the audience empathise with this character? What makes us care about them?
  7. How does the character change in the play?
  8. Does the character achieve their goal in the play? Or not?
  9. How does the journey end for this character? is there a moral message you are trying to convey through their ending?


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  1. I hope this course will stay around for a while. Time is limited but I have a play I long to re-draft!

    1. Kimberley Andrews

      Hi Alison, we’ll be keeping this online for the foreseeable future so you have plenty of time!

      Best of luck with the redraft!

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